Thunder’s Kevin Durant Wins 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player Award


Kevin DurantLeBron James’ reign as NBA Most Valuable Player is over, for the moment.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named league MVP on Tuesday, snapping James’ two-year streak. Durant is the first player other than James or Derrick Rose to win the award since 2008. Rose won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy in 2010-11, with James winning the other four.

Durant received 119 out of a possible 125 first-place votes, plus six second-place votes. James was first on six ballots and second on 118.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was the only other player to receive a first- or second-place vote. He was second — ahead of James — on one ballot.

Joakim Noah and James Harden rounded out the top five. Goran Dragic, who helped lead the surprise Phoenix Suns within a game of the playoffs, received more votes than Carmelo Anthony, who finished third in the voting last year and was the only player other than James to receive a first-place vote in 2013. Dragic received three fifth-place votes, while Anthony received a fourth and a fifth.

Durant captured his fourth scoring title by averaging a career-high 32.0 points per game this season. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while leading OKC to the second-best record in the NBA.

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