Rose, Howard top Eastern Conference All-Star voting

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Rose, Howard top Eastern Conference All-Star voting

Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard sit atop the Eastern Conference for All-Star votes as the second returns were announced Thursday.

Howard is the leading vote-getter overall with 1,161,797 votes -- which shouldn't be much of a surprise with the game in Orlando this year. Rose is behind him overall but is the leader among all point guards with 1,040,210 votes.

If voting stays the same, Rose and Howard would be joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

Howard is the runaway leader among centers, with Joakim Noah (141,683) in second place.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant lead the Western Conference right now. They would be joined by Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Andrew Bynum.

You can continue voting for Rose, Noah and other Bulls by clicking here.

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- Wesley Matthews scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half in the Dallas Mavericks' 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls 107-82 on Saturday night.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to help Dallas win its second straight game after losing 13 of its first 15.

Chicago was coming off a 111-105 victory over defending champion Cleveland on Friday night, the Bulls only win in their last four. Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26 points.

Barnes powered the Mavericks to a 17-point first-quarter lead.

Dwight Powell (17) and rookie Dorian Finney-Smith (11) had career highs in scoring, and Deron Williams had a season-high 15 assists.

Neither team scored in the first 2:15, but Dallas went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:20. The Mavericks led 23-6 with 3:17 left. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 29-18. Barnes scored eight points, and Andrew Bogut had six points and eight rebounds.

Chicago pulled within six points three times in the second quarter, but Dallas finished the first half with a 57-45 lead. In the third quarter, Matthews had 14 points, and the Mavericks' lead by as many as 21 points. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 82-66.

Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

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Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

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Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

Dwyane Wade, Bulls take first blood with LeBron James, Cavs

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Jonathan Toews practices but won’t play vs. Flyers

For Cubs, winter meetings will be all about the hunt for pitching 

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

'Quarterback' Rajon Rondo executes Bulls' game plan, logs first triple-double of the year

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

LeBron James pays off bet, rocks Cubs uniform to the United Center

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