6 Times LeBron James Wanted to Be MVP

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As the National Basketball Association season winds down, it seems the battle for the league’s premier individual award has only just begun. Though some feel Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant is a shoo-in for the award — ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith said Durant would have to fall on his face to lose it — others disagree. Namely LeBron James, who has turned up the heat late in the season to make his case stronger than ever that the fight for MVP isn’t over just yet.

Here are six times LeBron made it clear he wants to be MVP.

1. The month of February was a strong one for James, despite his being sidelined — albeit briefly — with a broken nose. James shot .575 from the field, becoming only the second player after Wilt Chamberlain to average at least 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists while shooting at least .570 for a calendar month. Not too shabby.

2. With partner Dwyane Wade sidelined, James recently netted a career high and franchise record 61-point game against the Charlotte Bobcats. James went 22 of 33 from the field, giving him the highest field-goal percentage (66.7) in a 60-point game since Shaquille O’Neal had 61 points on 68.6 percent shooting in 2000. “Once you get into a zone, you feel like you’re shooting a golf ball into the ocean,” James said during a post-game news conference.

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