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James wins MVP for 4th time, 1 vote shy of being a unanimous selection

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James shoots during an NBA basketball practice session, Saturday, May 4, 4013 in Miami.  A formal announcement is planned Sunday saying James will win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award for a fourth time. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James shoots during an NBA basketball practice session, Saturday, May 4, 4013 in Miami. A formal announcement is planned Sunday saying James will win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award for a fourth time. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat's LeBron James goes up for a dunk in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia.  A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that James has won the NBA Most Valuable Player award for the fourth time in five years. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    FILE - In this March 13, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat's LeBron James goes up for a dunk in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that James has won the NBA Most Valuable Player award for the fourth time in five years. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  (The Associated Press)

LeBron James is the overwhelming choice as the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

The Miami Heat star took 120 of 121 first-place votes in this year's balloting, giving him the award for the fourth time. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant finished second and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony was third.

James' selection was not unanimous, despite plenty of suggestions from people around the league in recent weeks that he was worthy of that honor. Anthony received the only other first-place vote from a panel of broadcasters and sports writers who cover the league.

The NBA released the results Sunday, when James was presented with the award.