May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) shoots a free throw against the New York Knicks during the first half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

LeBron James wins MVP; Kevin Durant finishes 2nd

LeBron James was named the NBA’s 2011-12 MVP today winning his third MVP trophy in the last four years.

LeBron received 85 of a possible 131 first place votes beating out Kevin Durant easily who finished second with 24 first place votes. Chris Paul finished third in the voting and Kobe Bryant fourth.

LeBron averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game in his second season in Miami. He also shot career high marks from the field (.531) and three (.362). LeBron also led the NBA in PER with a 30.80 rating. Paul was second in PER with a 27.09 rating.

Durant had a great season too but it was not enough to top LeBron at his best. Durant averaged 28.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting .496 from the field and .387 from three.

It felt like LeBron won the award sort of by default and that’s not an insult. He probably could have won it last season too and we’d be talking about four straight MVP’s for him.

LeBron is now the first player since Michael Jordan to win three MVP’s. LeBron joins Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jordan as the only players to win the award three or more times.

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