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Jeremy Lin well-positioned in NBA All-Star voting

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin ranked third among Western Conference backcourt players in the voting for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, according to initial results released by the NBA Thursday.

Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, had received 298,319 ballots as of Thursday, trailing behind only Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (639,419 votes) — the top vote-getter of any player in the conference — and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (353,603 votes).

The Harvard graduate was ahead of many big name guards, including his teammate James Harden, who was ranked fourth with 196,108 votes, fifth-ranked Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and sixth-ranked Steve Nash of the Lakers.

Some analysts said the opening of more channels for 2013 NBA All-Star voting, including China's social media networks such as Tencent QQ and Sina Weibo, could help Lin secure a chance to represent his conference in the All-Star Game in Houston on Feb. 17.

The 24-year-old has averaged 11.3 points, 6.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds so far this season.

Lin, who came off the New York Knicks bench and sparked a global craze known as Linsanity in February, enjoys enormous popularity in the Chinese-speaking world, including Taiwan and China.

That popularity was reflected in the high number of searches for his name, according to Google Inc.'s 2012 Zeitgeist, its annual list of most popular searches and search trends throughout the world, that was released Wednesday.

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