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Source: Heat’s James to be named NBA’s MVP today

Miami's LeBron James, according to a source, will be named the NBA's MVP today.

Miami's LeBron James, according to a source, will be named the NBA's MVP today.

MIAMI — A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press late Friday night that Miami’s LeBron James will be announced the NBA’s MVP today, marking the third time he’s won the award in the past four seasons

James is expected to be presented with the trophy Sunday by Commissioner David Stern before Miami hosts Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana.

James will become the eighth player to win the award at least three times, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone.

James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists — making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two different seasons.