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Payton leads All-Defensive team

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Posted: Thursday May 04, 2000 03:28 PM

  Gary Payton Gary Payton lived up to his billing as "The Glove" by making his seventh appearance to the NBA All-Defensive team. Jeff Gross/Allsport

NEW YORK (AP) -- Seattle SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton is on the NBA's All-Defensive team for the seventh time.

Payton, who ranked eighth in the league in steals with 1.87 per game during the regular season, was named on all 28 ballots and topped the voting with 52 of a possible 56 points.

He's the sixth player in NBA history to make the All-Defensive squad seven times. Michael Jordan holds the record with nine appearances.

Joining Payton in results released Thursday by the NBA were Miami center Alonzo Mourning (42 points), Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (33), Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett (31), and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (29).

Mourning's average of 3.72 blocks led the NBA in the regular season.

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