LeBron dominates vote to win second straight MVP award

CLEVELAND, Ohio Sun May 2, 2010 6:34pm EDT

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks during a ceremony to present him with the NBA's Most Valuable Player award at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks during a ceremony to present him with the NBA's Most Valuable Player award at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio May 2, 2010.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) - LeBron James blew away the competition in much the same way he has done on court all season to earn his second straight NBA MVP honor Sunday.

James earned 116 of a possible 123 first-place votes. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant finished second followed by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In another dominant year, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward averaged 29.7 points, 8.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds while leading his team to the best record in the league.

James becomes the 10th NBA player to win the honor in back-to-back seasons, joining Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash. Russell, Chamberlain and Bird won it in three consecutive years.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Alison Wildey)

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