Originally posted on RealGM  |  Last updated 5/5/13
LeBron James was officially awarded the 2012-13 NBA Most Valuable Player award on Sunday, earning the honor for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in five seasons. The only other player to win the award in four of five seasons is Bill Russell (1961, 62, 63, 65), and the only other players to win at least four regular-season MVPs are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). James was one first place vote short of becoming the unanimous MVP, with a pick going to Carmelo Anthony. Rounding out the top five in voting are Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (765 points), the New York Knicks' Anthony, (475 points, one first-place vote), the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (289 points), and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (184 points). James, who led the Miami Heat to a league-best and franchise-record 66-16 mark, was the only player in the NBA to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg).
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