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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hill Tops Jordan in Balloting

NEW YORK -- Grant Hill of Detroit edged out Chicago's Michael Jordan to lead all players in the closest balloting for the National Basketball Association All-Star Game since 1977.

Hill received 1,358,004 for a 16,582-vote margin over Jordan (1,341,422) out of more than 6 million votes cast by fans, it was announced Thursday. The All-Star Game will be played in San Antonio, Sunday, Feb. 11.

In 1977, David Thompson of Denver was the top vote-getter, and edged Julius Erving of Philadelphia by 8,530 votes.

Hill led all vote-getters for the second year in a row.

The starters are chosen by the fans, while the remaining players on each team will be selected in voting by NBA head coaches and announced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Simon Gourdine, the executive director of the NBA players' association who turned back an attempt to decertify the union last summer, has been ousted by player representatives.

Last month, the union announced its executive board had given Gourdine a two-year contract, but some players, unhappy with negotiations during the summer's labor strife, criticized the move and forced a vote Thursday.

Doug West, Minnesota's player rep, said 18 of 20 representatives voted in favor of the ouster.

Bullets 120, Rockets 85. In Landover, Maryland, the injury-depleted Washington Bullets got the most out of their nine players in uniform, placing seven in double figures against the Houston Rockets.

The Bullets, playing without injured starters Chris Webber and Mark Price, handed the two-time defending world champions their worst defeat since a 38-point blowout in Portland last Feb. 6.

Hakeem Olajuwon eclipsed the 21,000-mark in career points, scoring 22 on 10-for-23 shooting.

Grizzlies 106, Raptors 101, OT. In Toronto, Byron Scott scored eight of his 16 points in overtime to lead the Vancouver Grizzlies over Toronto.

(For results, All-Stars, see Scorecard.)