NEW YORK - Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant headline the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league said Wednesday.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (L) blocks Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce's shot in the last seconds of the second half of NBA basketball action in Orlando, Florida March 25, 2009. [Agencies]
Howard, the Defensive Player of the Year, received 55 points overall and 27 First Team votes to edge Bryant for top honors. Bryant had 53 points overall and 24 First Team votes.
Also selected to the First Team were LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.
The Second Team featured Tim Duncan of San Antonio Spurs, Dwyane Wade of Miami Heat, Rajon Rondo of Boston Celtics, and Shane Battier and Ron Artest of Houston Rockets.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches.