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LeBron James wins MVP, finishes one vote short of unanimous victory

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LeBron James has officially won the 2012-13 NBA Most Valuable Player award, finishing with 129 of the 130 first-place votes. A lone voter put Carmelo Anthony atop their ballot.

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It's official: LeBron James of the Miami Heat has won his fourth Most Valuable Player Award, the league announced. About the only suspense left was seeing if James would become the first unanimous winner of the award.

In the end, he fell one vote short. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks earned one first-place vote, spoiling James' chance of making history. Kevin Durant finished second overall in the voting, followed by Anthony, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant.

Here is the full vote:

Player First place Second place Third place Fourth place Fifth place TOTAL
LeBron James 120 1 0 0 0 1,207
Kevin Durant 0 93 21 2 3 765
Carmelo Anthony 1 16 51 27 17 475
Chris Paul 0 2 27 39 23 289
Kobe Bryant 0 4 12 23 27 184
Tony Parker 0 2 7 8 13 86
Tim Duncan 0 2 1 12 10 65
James Harden 0 0 0 7 12 33
Russell Westbrook 0 0 0 1 6 9
Dwyane Wade 0 0 1 0 0 5
Stephen Curry 0 0 0 0 3 3
Kevin Garnett 0 0 0 0 1 1
David Lee 0 0 0 0 1 1
Ty Lawson 0 0 0 0 1 1
Marc Gasol 0 0 0 0 1 1
Joakim Noah 0 0 0 0 1 1

The voting mirrors the 2000 MVP award. Shaquille O'Neal won the honor, but one voter, later revealed to be Fred Hickman, chose Allen Iverson, preventing O'Neal from winning unanimously.

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