New York, NY (Sports Network) - In a near-unanimous vote, Miami Heat forward
LeBron James was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13
season on Sunday.
It is James' fourth MVP award overall, all coming in the last five
seasons, thanks to garnering all but one of the 121 first-place votes cast for
a total of 1,207 points.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished a distant second, taking
the most second-place votes with 93 and a total of 765 points. Carmelo Anthony
of the New York Knicks -- who was given the other first-place nod -- finished
in third, 732 points back of James.
The 28-year-old James became the fifth player in league history to capture at
least four MVP awards. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the way with six, followed
by Michael Jordan and Bill Russell with five apiece. Wilt Chamberlain also
James helped the Heat to a franchise-record 66 regular season victories by
posting 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He scored 2,036
points this season, the eighth 2,000-point total of his career, while also
becoming the youngest player in NBA history to post eight different 2,000-
point seasons. He also shot a career-high 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6
percent from 3-point range this season.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers franchise icon also took home Player of the
Month honors in each of the first six months of the campaign, becoming the
first player in league history to be so honored five straight times in a
single season. In addition, James was named the NBA's top player of the week
on six more occasions, adding to his all-time league-best total of 43.
The defending NBA champion Heat will begin the Eastern Conference semifinals
Monday night at home against the Chicago Bulls.
The Sports Network