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Kevin Durant Cruises To First MVP Award

The NBA announced the most prestigious of its annual awards Tuesday morning, as Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant was named the 2013-14 Most Valuable Player.

Durant earned 119 of 125 possible first-place votes and garnered 1232 total points. Miami’s LeBron James, who received the remaining six first-place votes, finished second with 891 points. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin (434), Chicago’s Joakim Noah (322) and Houston’s James Harden (85) rounded out the top five.

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It’s the first MVP award for Durant, who led the Thunder to a second-place finish in the West with a 59-23 record. The 25-year-old averaged a league-leading and career-high 32.0 points in addition to 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists (also a career-high). Durant shot 50.3 percent from the field on nearly 21 attempts per game and 87.3 percent from the free throw line.

Durant’s victory marks the end of James’ two-year stranglehold on the MVP. James had won four of the past five awards and has now finished first or second in the balloting in each of the last six seasons. On Monday, the Heat superstar commended Durant on the expected honor.

“Much respect to him and he deserves it,” James said. “He had a big-time MVP season.”

The Thunder will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon where Durant will formally accept the award. He’ll likely be presented with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy in front of his home crowd prior to Wednesday’s Game 2 against the Clippers.

The Thunder were blown out 122-105 in Game 1 on Monday night. Durant scored 25 points (9-19 FG) but was outdone by Los Angeles’ Chris Paul, who scored 32 points, connecting on his first eight three-point attempts.

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