LeBron James Wins Most Valuable Player

It's official.  The Heat held a press conference this afternoon in Miami to present LeBron James with his third career MVP trophy.  The 27-year-old averaged 27.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 6.2 APG with 53% shooting from the field in yet another brilliant campaign.

James was in a two-horse race for the award with Kevin Durant for the bulk of the season but pulled away as the year wore on.  James had 85 first-place votes while Durant was the runner-up with 24 first-place votes.  After that, Chris Paul finished in third place, Kobe Bryant in fourth, and Tony Parker in fifth.

Only seven other players in the history of the game have won MVP honors at least three times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Moses Malone.  Abdul-Jabbar won the trophy six times, Jordan and Russell five times each, and Chamberlain four times.

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