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THE NBA MVP Triple Double

There is a different kind of NBA MVP triple double.

THE NBA MVP Triple Double

This season, for just the third time in NBA history, only two players received first-place votes for Most Valuable Player.

And for only the second time, did one player garner all but one No. 1 tally. (See: Iverson, Allen, 1999-00.)

Here are those three NBA MVP votes:

 

 Season  Rk.    Player  1st  Pts.
 1985-86    1.  Larry Bird  73  765
   2.  Dominique Wilkins      5  407
         
 1999-00  1.  Shaquille O'Neal  120    1207  
   7.  Allen Iverson      1    132
         
 2012-13  1.  LeBron James  120  1207
   3.  Carmelo Anthony      1    475
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