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Updated: May 6th, 2014 10:48am
Kevin Love finishes 11th overall in NBA's MVP voting

Kevin Love finishes 11th overall in NBA's MVP voting

by Nate Sandell
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As had been widely predicted, Kevin Durant was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday for the first time in his career.

Even after a record-breaking season, Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love was not a legitimate contender in the MVP discussion, largely due to Minnesota's failure to stay in playoff contention.

However, Love's season was certainly good enough to garner at least some attention from MVP voters. It turns out it wasn't enough to crack the top-10.

Love finished 11th overall in the MVP voting, receiving two third place votes, three for fourth place and six for fifth place.

Durant received 119 first place votes. LeBron James finished a distant second with six votes for place and 118 for second. Blake Griffin, Joakim Noah and James Harden rounded out the top-5.

Love (25) was edged out by LaMarcus Aldridge (26) for 10th place by only one point.

Love broke the Wolves' single-season scoring record this season with 2,010 points, which also put him fourth in the league in scoring (26.1 points per game). He became the first player in NBA history to post 2,000-points (2010), 900 rebounds (963) and 100 3-pointers (190) in a season.

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