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Maya Moore named WNBA MVP

New York, NY ( - Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

Moore was the runner-up to Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker for the honor in 2013 and this year was a runaway winner. She received 35 first-place votes and 371 total points from a nationwide panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi finished second in the balloting. The 2009 MVP garnered two first-place votes and 242 points. Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry was third in the voting, followed by Parker and Phoenix center Brittney Griner, who received the other No. 1 vote.

Moore, the first Minnesota player honored as MVP, helped the Lynx to a record of 25-9 and the second seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs. Only Phoenix had a better record at 29-5.

In 34 games this season, Moore averaged a league-high 23.9 points with a WNBA- record 12 games of 30-plus points. Her best outing of the year was a 48-point performance in a double-overtime win against Atlanta on July 22. It was the second-highest output in WNBA history.

Moore also had a league-best 295 field goals made, tied for third with 62 3- pointers made and finished eighth in rebounding at 8.1 per game. She was the conference's player of the month three times and player of the week five times.

The Connecticut product was previously honored as the league's top rookie in 2011 and last year won the WNBA Finals MVP after leading the Lynx to their second title in three years.

08/21 10:26:23 ET

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