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LeBron James falls just shy of unanimous MVP vote

Anybody who watched the NBA this season knew that LeBron James was unquestionably the best player in the league, so his winning the MVP award on Sunday should not have come as much of surprise. What was impressive, though, was just how he did it. The Miami Heat superstar almost became the first player to be unanimously voted MVP, falling just one vote short of the feat, The Associated Press reports.

The lone vote not for James was cast by Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn - he voted for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who helped lead his team to one of its best performances in two decades. The only person to match what James did was Shaquille O'Neal, who also came one vote shy of a unanimous MVP during the 1999-2000 season. While the award, James' fourth, is certainly nice, he still has just one goal in mind.

"My ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship," James told the AP. "That's what I was brought here for. That's why I signed here as a free agent in 2010. It wasn't to win MVP trophies."

James and his Heat teammates are certainly well on their way to a second consecutive title. After sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, they're slated to take on the Chicago Bulls beginning on Monday. 

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