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Allen, James head NBA All-Defensive team

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Miami Heat forward LeBron James highlight the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

The NBA announced Monday that Allen received 53 points in the voting while James tallied 52. Each player earned 25 First Team votes.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (37 points, 15 First Team votes), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (46, 17), New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (24, nine) and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (24, right) rounded out the first team.

Allen was part of a Grizzlies defense that allowed a league-low 89.3 points per game. James had 17 games with at least three steals, and 10 games with at least two steals and two blocks. Ibaka paced the league with 3.03 blocks per game. Paul led the NBA with 2.41 steals per game. Chandler and Noah were part of two of the strongest defenses in the NBA. The Knicks were seventh in opponent scoring at 95.7 points per game and the Bulls third, allowing 92.9 points per game.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team includes Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

The voting was completed by the league's 30 head coaches and could not vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote.
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