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Kevin Durant Gives Thanks in Emotional NBA MVP Acceptance Speech

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant wipes away tears as he speaks during a news conference to announce that Durant is the winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was officially named the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player on Tuesday. Judging by his acceptance speech, the award really means a lot to him.

Although this season marked the fourth time in his career that he led the league in scoring, it was the first time in his career that he won the MVP award. 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 6: Percy Vaughn of Kia presents Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2013-14 Kia Most Valuable Player of the Year at the Thunder Events Center on May 6, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Like most winners of the award, Durant thanked everyone who helped him reach this point. From his teammates to his coach to his mom, the 25-year-old was very emotional during his speech: 

Here are some highlights from the press conference:

This was the most heartwarming part:

It wasn't all tears and thanks. On the final question of the press conference, Durant did have some fun with a reporter after The Oklahoman dubbed him "Mr. Unreliable" last week.

Durant received 119 of the 125 first-place votes, via NBA.com, and his 1,232 points put him more than 300 points ahead of the Miami Heat's LeBron James, who was a distant second.

There was also a sign on the team's training center that showed just how much Durant means to the city:

EDMOND, OK - MAY 6:  A banner celebrating Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant being named the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2013-14 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player is dropped on May 6, 2014 at the Thunder Events Center in Edmond, Oklaho
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Although the MVP award recognizes a great regular season, Durant reminded everyone that the Thunder's season is not over yet. The Oklahoma City star will now look to pair his first championship with his MVP award.

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