DEERFIELD, Ill. - Jim Boylan was promoted yesterday to interim head coach of the Chicago Bulls, who fired Scott Skiles on Monday after the team's disappointing start.

Boylan, 52, was in his fourth season as an assistant under Skiles. He has 14 years of experience in the NBA, but none as a pro head coach.

General manager John Paxson said the job was Boylan's for the rest of the season.

Boylan made it clear that he'd be his own man in an attempt to turn around the Bulls, who are 9-17 one season after taking the Detroit Pistons to six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "My approach will be different, and I will be myself," he said.

All-star voting.

Boston's Kevin Garnett has the most votes for the All-Star Game, with 1,186,690, according to the second set of returns. Last year's top vote-getter, Cleveland's LeBron James, is second, with 1,005,733. Guards Dwyane Wade of Miami and Jason Kidd of New Jersey and Orlando center Dwight Howard also were in position to start for the East in the Feb. 11 game.

In the Western Conference, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant led with 941,716 votes, followed by Rockets center Yao Ming and Denver forward Carmelo Anthony. Spurs forward Tim Duncan and Houston guard Tracy McGrady also were among the leaders.

Marbury's future.

Amid speculation that he might sit out the season, Stephon Marbury told the Knicks that he planned to return sometime after New Year's Day, The Record of Bergen County, N.J., reported. Marbury has missed nine of 12 games since his father died Dec. 2.

Last night's game

Cavaliers 88, Mavericks 81

DALLAS - LeBron James had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Cleveland avenged a lopsided loss to Dallas in the season opener.