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Durant wins first MVP award
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season.
It is the first MVP award for Durant, who captured his fourth scoring title in five seasons, joining Wilt Chamberlain, George Gervin and Michael Jordan as the only players to accomplish this feat.
Durant totaled 1,232 points, including 119 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote.
Heat star LeBron James, who won this award the past two seasons, finished second with 891 points and six first-place votes. Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (434 points), the Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (322 points) and the Houston Rockets' James Harden (85 points) rounded out the top five.
During the 2013-14 season, Durant averaged a career-best 32.0 points to go with 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games. He also shot 50.3 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 87.3 percent from the free throw line, leading all players in free throws made (703) and attempted (805).
Durant's run of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points, which ran from Jan. 7 through April 6, was the longest streak since Oscar Robertson did it in 46 straight games during the 1963-64 season. It's the third-longest single- season streak in NBA history.
A five-time All-Star, Durant led the Thunder to a fourth consecutive Northwest Division title and the second best record in the NBA (59-23). This past week, Durant guided Oklahoma City past the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs.
05/06 11:49:12 ET
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