2013 NBA Playoffs

Miami, FL

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is named Most Valuable Player for the fourth time

With his second straight MVP trophy, James joins Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain with at least four MVP awards.

James bested other candidates, including Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He's earned it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's having an even more historic season than he's had the last two years. Most people probably didn't think he could go to a higher level after last season, yet he reinvented himself to show that he could."

According to sources, NBA commissioner David Stern will present the trophy before the team starts its second-round series next week at AmericanAirlines Arena against either the Chicago Bulls or the Brooklyn Nets.

The Heat have been idle for a week after sweeping their first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

James averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals and one block in 76 games in his 10th season in the league while leading the Heat to a franchise-best 66-16 record, including the league's second-best 27-game winning streak.

He shot a shot career-best .565 from the field and .406 from 3-point range. He ranked in the top 10 in scoring, assists, steals and field-goal percentage among those who played in at least 70 games this season.

James also finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting for the second time since 2009.

LeBron James was the overwhelming choice as the NBA's Most Valuable Player. The Miami Heat star becomes the fifth player with at least four MVP awards, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain








LeBron James Earns Fourth MVP Trophy