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NBA MVP Award 2012: Kevin Love Finishes 6th In Voting As Lebron James Wins For Third Time

The 2012 NBA MVP award was officially handed out Saturday, and Miami Heat star forward Lebron James earned the honor for the third time in four seasons. Overall, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love finished sixth in the voting processes, which featured Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Tony Parker voted ahead of him, respectively.

After averaging a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds per game this season, Love garnered 4 third-place, 6 fourth-place and 20 fifth-place votes. Lebron was the run-away winner collecting 85 first-place votes after averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 53-percent from the field.

A complete rundown of the 2012 NBA MVP voting results after the jump..

LeBron James, Miami 85 25 9 1 1 1074
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 24 83 13 1 0 889
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 6 5 32 35 25 385
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 2 5 30 39 30 352
Tony Parker, San Antonio 4 3 31 31 22 331
Kevin Love, Minnesota 0 0 4 6 20 58
Dwight Howard, Orlando 0 0 1 1 5 13
Rajon Rondo, Boston 0 0 0 2 6 12
Steve Nash, Phoenix 0 0 0 1 4 7
Derrick Rose, Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 5
Dwyane Wade, Miami 0 0 0 1 3 6
Russell Westbrook, OKC 0 0 0 1 1 4
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 0 0 0 1 1 4
Tim Duncan, San Antonio 0 0 0 1 0 3
Joe Johnson, Atlanta 0 0 0 0 1 1

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.