LeBron James has been named the
NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row after claiming 116 of a
possible 123 first place votes.
It gave him a landslide win over
the runner-up, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had just four
first place votes, with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in third.
The media panel, who decide the
award, had no hesitation in opting for James, whose outstanding play has lifted
the Cleveland Cavaliers into the second second round of the playoffs.
They beat Boston Celtics in game
one of the best-of-seven series with game two on Monday.
“To be MVP is definitely an
honor. It’s a humbling experience,” James said. “To receive that
while you are trying to win a championship, you have to balance it out. I’ve
been able to do that so far.”
Orlando centre Dwight Howard was
is determined to finally land the NBA championship with the Cavs after a series
of near-misses, has averaged just shy of 30 points per game, with 7.3 rebounds
and 8.6 assists this season.
It helped Cleveland to a
league-best 61 wins in the regular season and left him a near-certainty for the
James is only the tenth player to
win it twice in consecutive seasons, joining greats such as Michael Jordan,
Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson.
“I’m just trying to do my
job,” James said. “Hopefully I can add onto that championship list of
names and pass it on to someone when I’m done.”