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06 May 2013 14:16 GMT
Miami Heat(***)s star forward LeBron James has been named NBA(***)s Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season [AFP]
James received a near unanimous 120 first-place votes from the panel of 121 sports writers and broadcasters on the award panel [AFP]
Oklahoma Thunder(***)s Kevin Durant finished second and the New York Knicks(***) Carmelo Anthony was awarded third place [AFP]
It(***)s the fourth time in five years that 28-year-old James has won the game(***)s most prestigious individual award [Reuters]
Only four other players - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain - have won the trophy at least four times, with Abdul-Jabbar holding the record for six MVP wins [EPA]
James has had an outstanding season, shooting a career-high from the field (.565) and from three-point range (.406). He also went on a a record streak of six straight games with at least 30 points and a .600-or-better field goal percentage [EPA]
"When people ask me, I tell them I just try to be the best player on the court every night I step on the floor," James said [EPA]
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