Durant named NBA Most Valuable for 4 top scoring seasons
May 8, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the NBA's top scorer for the fourth time in five seasons, was named the league's Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 campaign Tuesday.
It's the first MVP award for the Thunder superstar and the first for the franchise, which began as the Seattle Supersonics before moving to the American heartland.
Durant received 1,232 points in balloting for the honor. That included 119 first-place votes from a panel of 124 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote.
"It's just a surreal feeling," Durant said. "I never thought I could make it through college to the NBA and be standing here as the NBA Most Valuable Player.
"I failed so many times and got back up. I went through the toughest times but I'm still standing."
Durant recalled his youth when his mother Wanda struggled to feed him, his sister and two brothers as they moved from apartment to apartment in suburban Washington.
"You sacrificed for us," Durant told his mother. "You are the real MVP."
Durant, wiping away tears at times and his voice choking on many others, thanked teammates as he recalled personal moments of encouragement and acts of support.