Curry is MVP - no fight for all 131 1st-place votes

UNANIMOUS CHOICE: Curry poses with his back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player award in California.


    May 12, 2016

    Curry is MVP - no fight for all 131 1st-place votes


    GOLDEN State superstar Stephen Curry was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year on Tuesday, becoming the first unanimous winner in the award's 61-year history after a record-breaking contribution to the Warriors' historic season.

    Curry, who returned from injury on Monday to score 40 points in Golden State's overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers, won in a landslide, sweeping all 131 first- place votes to earn 1,310 points, a statement said.

    It is the first time in the National Basketball Association's history that a player has been the blanket first pick for the award, the league said. No player, not even Michael Jordan in his pomp, has been a unanimous choice for MVP.

    "To be the first unanimous MVP award winner is something I don't even know how to put into words," said Curry.

    The winner is chosen by a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada with one vote going to fans.

    Under a preferential voting system, players receive 10 points for a first-choice vote, seven points for each second- place vote, five points for third, three points for fourth and one point for fifth.

    San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was a distant second with 634 points while Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James was third with 631 points.