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Single voter denies LeBron James NBA history

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LeBron James was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the fourth time but just on voter denied him basketball history.

No player in the history of the game as been unanimously voted as MVP and that remains the case after James received 120 of the 121 first placed votes.

The only eleigble voter who did not vote for LeBron was the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, a sports writer who has covered the NBA for nine years and who voted for Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

"I just honestly felt that Carmelo Anthony lifted the Knicks to new heights this season – a No. 2 seed and their first division title in 19 years – with an aging roster, the team's second-best player (Amar'e Stoudemire) out most of the season and a myriad of other injuries," Washburn said in an interview with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

"LeBron James is unquestionably the best player in the league, but I felt this season Anthony had more value to his team."

Anthony ended up finishing only third in the overall voting with Oklahoma's Kevin Durant finished second overall.

It was the fourth time in five years that the 28-year-old James had won the game's most prestigious individual award, elevating him among the sport's greatest players.

"When people ask me, I tell them I just try to be the best player on the court every night I step on the floor," James said.

Only four other players - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain - have won the trophy at least four times.

Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for six MVP wins, one ahead of Jordan and Russell and two in front of Chamberlain and now James.

James, who twice won the award with the Cleveland Cavaliers before moving to Miami, averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists during the 2012-13 regular season, where the Heat finished with the best record in the NBA.

James was the only player in the NBA to lead his team in all three categories during the season.

He shot a career-high from the field (.565) and from three-point range (.406). He produced a record streak of six straight games with at least 30 points and a .600-or-better field goal percentage.

He received his award at a special presentation on Sunday, attended by his team-mates, family and friends and broadcast live on national television.

In an emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech, James extended his thanks to everyone who had supported him both as a person and as a player.

He turned to his team-mates, who were wearing shorts and t-shirts, and said they deserved the award as much as he did,

"Nothing I receive individually is possible without those 14 guys, and the sacrifices they make," he said.

"This really doesn't mean much to me. I'm humbled and I'm happy about it but I wish it was 15 of these up here because what a great group of guys that allows me to be the MVP."

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