NBA Spurs' duo leads all-defensive team

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

NEW YORK -- Tim Duncan made his 10th straight NBA All-Defensive first team Wednesday, and San Antonio teammate Bruce Bowen was the top vote-getter in being selected for the seventh time.

Completing the team were: Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby and guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns.

Bowen, a forward, received 42 votes, six more than Duncan. Camby, the Defensive Player of the Year, was chosen for the first time.

"Honestly, besides winning a championship, that was the only other goal I had," said Camby, who had made the All-Defensive second team the last two seasons.

Bryant earned his seventh selection and Bell his first.

Duncan is tied with former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen for the second most All-Defensive team selections. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is first with 11.

Bowen and Duncan helped the Spurs hold opponents to 90.1 points (first in the NBA) and .433 shooting from the field (third).

Camby led the NBA in blocks per game (3.30) and was tied for fourth in rebounds (11.7). Bryant ranked 17th in steals (1.44). Bell often matches up against the opposition's best offensive player.

The second team was: Chicago's Ben Wallace and Kirk Hinrich, New Jersey's Jason Kidd, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett.

Voting was done by the league's 30 head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

-- AP

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