James, who is trying to push the Miami Heat into the NBA championship series for the second straight year, received 118 of 120 possible first-team votes. Durant, whose Oklahoma City club has already reached the Western Conference finals, received 117 votes for the first team.
James received 596 overall points in the balloting and Durant had 592.
The second team was made up of guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and Tony Parker of San Antonio, forwards Kevin Love of Minnesota and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and center Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers.
This is the 12th consecutive year Nowitzki has been a part of the NBA's All-Star team. Bryant has been the only other player voted to the first, second or third teams that many years in a row.
Durant edged Bryant for the scoring title with 28 points per game.
The voting took place among a panel of 120 writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. Each voter selected a first, second and third team with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
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