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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland's King crowned league MVP!!!
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player during a news conference at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Monday.
James received a total of 1,172 points, including 109 first-place votes out of a possible 121, from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
James becomes the first player in Cavaliers franchise history to receive the award after leading the Cavaliers to an NBA and franchise-best 66-16 (.805) record. He averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.69 steals and a career-best 1.15 blocks in 37.7 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 forward also posted career highs in games played (81), field goal percentage (.489) and free throw percentage (.780). He was the only player in the NBA to average at least 28.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game this season. Leading the Cavs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, James became just the fourth player since the 1973-74 season (when steals and blocks became official stats) to lead his team in each category.
James led the NBA in triple-doubles (7), points per game in road games (31.5) and combined points, rebounds and assists average (43.3). He ranked second in points per game (28.4) and total fourth quarter points (515), eighth in steals (1.69), ninth in assists (7.2), tied for 14th in double-doubles (29), 23rd in blocks (1.15) and 27th in rebounds (7.6).
At 24-years, 106 days old, James is the youngest player to win the award since Moses Malone (24 years, 16 days) in 1978-79 and his 474-point margin of victory is the sixth-largest in MVP voting history (media began voting 1980-81 season).
During the season, the Akron native was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week an NBA all-time best seven times and tied the league record for most Player of the Month wins with four (November, January, March and April). He was named an Eastern Conference All-Star starter for the fifth consecutive season and finished runner-up to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard for NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will take on the Atlanta Hawks in Round #2 of the NBA playoffs starting tomorrow.
Game 1 Tuesday, May 5th @Cleveland 8PM
Game 2 Thursday, May 7th @Cleveland 8PM
Game 3 Saturday, May 9th @Atlanta 8PM
Game 4 Monday, May 11th @Atlanta 7PM
Game 5* Wednesday, May 13th @Cleveland TBA
Game 6* Friday, May 15th @Atlanta TBA
Game 7* Monday, May 18th @Cleveland TBA
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