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NBA roundup: James nearly unanimous MVP choice

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Miami Heat forward LeBron James was officially named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in the past five seasons in the results of voting announced Sunday.

James was one vote short of being a unanimous selection. He received 120 of 121 first-place votes and 1,207 points in the balloting among sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada and from online fan participation via

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (765) was second and New York's Carmelo Anthony (475) finished third. Anthony, the league scoring champion, received the other first-place vote.

Rounding out the top five were Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (289) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (184).

James became the fifth player in NBA history with four MVP awards, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four).

---Less than 24 hours after the Brooklyn Nets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs, the team announced that it will not offer a new contract to interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

General manager Billy King later told reporters that he would reach out to former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson to gauge his interest in the position.

--- Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph became the first player to be fined for flopping in the playoffs as the NBA hit him with a $5,000 fine.

There are no warnings for flopping in the playoffs, so the first offense results in a fine.

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