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Chris Paul named to NBA All-Defensive First Team for 3rd straight season

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) high fives teammate Jamal Crawford (11) in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) high fives teammate Jamal Crawford (11) in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The National Basketball Association announced today that Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the third consecutive year and the fourth overall time in his career. Paul garnered a total of 156 points (64 First Team votes, 28 Second Team votes).

Joining Paul on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are center Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls (223 points), forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (161 points), forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder (152 points) and guard/forward Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors (148 points).

Paul led the NBA in steals per game (2.48 spg) for the fourth straight year and the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Paul was previously named to the All-Defensive First Team in 2013, 2012 and 2009 and was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2011 and 2008. He is the only Clipper in franchise history to be named to the All-Defensive Team.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of forward LeBron James of the Miami Heat (57 First Team votes), guard Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets (44 First Team votes), guard Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (29 First Team votes), forward Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (16 First Team votes) and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers (15 First Team votes).

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, garnered 63 points (14 First Team votes) finishing just 13 points behind Hibbert. He led the NBA in rebounds per game (13.6) and finished third in blocks per game (2.48). Matt Barnes received two points (one First Team vote), Darren Collison and Danny Granger each obtained one point.

The voting panel consisted of 123 writers and broadcasters from the U.S. and Canada. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

Attached are the results for the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive Teams balloting. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP:

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