Basketball

Celtics' Garnett leads NBA all-defensive team

Kevin Garnett, who anchored a Boston Celtics defence that held opponents to 90.3 points per game this season, was named to the NBA's all-defensive team Monday.

Veteran forward, Bryant received 24 1st place votes from league's 30 coaches

Kevin Garnett was named to the NBA's all-defensive team Monday, adding to his list of accomplishments this season.

Garnett, who last month was named the league's defensive player of the year, helped the Boston Celtics to an NBA-best 66-16 record this season.

The six-foot-11 forward was chosen for the ninth time after leading a Celtics defence that held opponents to 90.3 points per game and a league-best .418 field goal shooting percentage.

League MVP Kobe Bryant, Marcus Camby, Bruce Bowen and Tim Duncan were also selected to the team.

Garnett and Bryant, who earned his eighth selection, each received 24 first-place votes from the league's 30 coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Camby had a league-leading 3.61 blocked shots per game for the Denver Nuggets and was second in rebounds (13.1 per game).

Duncan, on the team for the 11th time, and Bowen, making the team for the eighth time, play for the San Antonio Spurs.

The second team is Shane Battier of the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons and Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns.

With files from the Associated Press

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