LeBron James: Record-Breaking Performances Will Earn Superstar 2013 MVP Award

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 13, 2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates with the Bill Russell Finals MVP  trophy after the Heat won 121-106 against the Oklahoma City Thunderin Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June  21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Few NBA players can attest to even having back-to-back 30-point games on their resume. LeBron James now has six of them in a row following his latest performance.

The Miami Heat superstar joined elite company to have notched up five consecutive 30-point games; he reached even further elite company when he became the first player in history to score six back-to-back games while 60 percent shooting in each game.

And in the process of it all, James has seemingly pulled away in the race for the 2013 Most Valuable Player Award over Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.

James' record-breaking performances have him closer to achieving the status of Michael Jordan than Durant is to catching James.

The race for the Most Valuable Player in 2013 isn't even close right now. Nor should it be, given the success that James has had on the court so far this year.

The 2011-2012 league MVP is posting his best season averages since moving to South Beach. Compared to last season, his field goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebound totals, assists and blocks are all up. And, perhaps most importantly, his turnovers are down.

Durant's numbers too are up over what he recorded last year, and he deserves credit, respect and a certain level of appreciation for his performance thus far this season.

But he has not been as spectacular as James, who has set the standard that Durant will need to reach the Thunder star wants to take home the MVP trophy for this season.


LeBron James (Miami Heat)
38.4  0.562  0.421 1.2  6.9  6.9  1.6  0.9  3.0  27.0 


Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
38.8 0.516 0.427 0.5 6.9 4.4 1.5 1.2 3.2 28.9


What the 28-year-old James has achieved for the Heat this year is truly remarkable, with the defending NBA champions sitting on top of the Eastern Conference once more with a 35-14 record—largely in part to the six-game winning streak they're on. Which, as it so happens, are the six games James has churned out his record-breaking performances for.

The gap between James and Durant in the race for MVP might not be that great in terms of raw numbers. But when you consider James' impact and the historical significance of what he's achieving this year and just how valuable he truly is, then the engraving of his name pretty on this year's award much can start right now.

As Dwayne Wade would say, he's someone who has surpassed the planet.

The eternal King of South Beach, LeBron James.


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