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LeBron James wins Best Male Athlete award

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James won the Best Male Athlete award at the ESPYS last night.

The NBA star scooped the prize for the second consecutive season after leading the Heat to back-to-back championships.

In the Best Male Athlete category alongside Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, Minnesota Vikings powerhouse Adrian Peterson and Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps, four-time NBA MVP James took home the prize at the 21st annual awards event in Los Angeles.

"To be in a category with All-Day AP [Adrian Peterson], the Triple Crown winner [Cabrera] and the human fish [Phelps], it's an honour," James told ESPN.

"Just to be in a class with you guys is an unbelievable honour. This is for all four of us. I'm just going to keep it [the ESPY] at my house."

James also picked up awards for Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player, while the Heat - who went 66-16 last season setting a franchise-record - were crowed the Best Team.

Their comeback win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals was named Best Game.

Ray Allen hit a three-point shot with five seconds to spare to send that game to overtime, robbing the Spurs of the Championship title in six games.

An NBA player has won the Best Male Athlete award for the past three seasons - James twice and Dirk Nowitzki in 2011.

Previous winners also include 2013 contender Phelps, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Tiger Woods.

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