LeBron James 1, Kevin Durant 0. That’s the official score for the two players who are expected by many to battle it out for the MVP award over the next decade.
James technically took home his second trophy in as many seasons Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers star holding a public press conference in his hometown of nearby Akron, Ohio, to announce him as the 2010 winner. But this was the first season Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s franchise player, forced his way into the discussion. Durant finished a distant second behind James in his first real shot at the honor. "Congrats to LeBron James on winning back 2 back MVPS,” Durant wrote on his official Twitter page Sunday, "he really deserved it!!” Durant garnered four first-place votes and 609 points from a panel of 122 sportswriters and broadcasters. James received 115 of those votes and the first-ever consensus fan vote to tally 1,205 points. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, with 599 points, finished just behind Durant. Orlando’s Dwight Howard received the final three first-place votes and 478 total points to finish fourth. Miami’s Dwyane Wade placed fifth with 119 total points. Players received 10 points for each first-place vote, seven for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for each fifth-place vote. Durant, 21, became the youngest player in NBA history to win the scoring title after averaging 30.1 points this season. The third-year forward out of Texas was named an All-Star for the first time and averaged a career-high in rebounds (7.6), assists (2.8), steals (1.4) and blocked shots (1.0).