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LeBron Pulls the MVP Double

LeBron James first player since 2003 to win regular season and Finals MVP in the same season.

LeBron Pulls the MVP Double

LeBron James is first player since 2003 to win regular season and Finals MVP in the same season.

It is the 14th NBA MVP Double:

      SEASON FINALS
Year   Player Team Pts. Reb. Ast. Pts. Reb. Ast.
1970 Willis Reed Knicks 21.7 13.9   2.0 23.0 10.5   2.8
1971 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar    Bucks 31.7 16.0   3.3 27.0 18.5   2.8
1983 Moses Malone 76ers 24.5 15.3   1.3 25.8 18.0   2.0
1984 Larry Bird Celtics 24.2 10.1   6.6 27.4 14.0   3.6
1986 Larry Bird Celtics 25.8   9.8   6.8 24.0   9.7   9.5
1987 Magic Johnson Lakers 23.9   6.3 12.2 26.2   8.0 13.0
1991 Michael Jordan Bulls 31.5   6.0   5.5 31.2   6.6 11.4
1992 Michael Jordan Bulls 30.1   6.4   6.1 35.8   4.8   6.5
1994 Hakeem Olajuwon Rockets 27.3 11.9   3.6 26.9   9.1   3.6
1996 Michael Jordan Bulls 30.4   6.6   4.3 27.3   5.3   4.2
1998 Michael Jordan Bulls 28.7   5.8   3.5 33.5   4.0   2.3
2000 Shaquille O'Neal Lakers 29.7 13.6   3.8 38.0 16.7   2.3
2003 Tim Duncan Spurs 23.3 12.9   3.9 24.2 17.0   5.3
2012 LeBron James Heat 27.1   7.9   6.2 28.6 10.2   7.4
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