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LeBron James still trailing Durant in MVP race

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LeBron James may have set a career high points total for the Miami Heat this week, but the reigning two-time MVP remains in danger of relinquishing his NBA crown to Kevin Durant this season.

LeBron scored 61 points, also a franchise record for the Heat, against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night as Miami got the win by 124-107. It was an eighth win in a row for the Heat.

This huge tally from LeBron sees his regular season average points per game climb to 27.5, but Durant is still in a position of supremacy at the top of the PPG rankings for the 2014 NBA season.

Durant averages a hugely impressive 31.6 PPG and has been in imperious form for Oklahoma City Thunder with seven scoring games in excess of 40 points and one of more than 50.

Given the consistency of Durant’s excellent performances for the Thunder, he is ranked as the favourite with the bookmakers to be named the NBA’s most valuable player for the regular season.

LeBron’s odds to make it a hat-trick of MVP awards have shortened to 2/1 since his 61 points, but Durant is 1/3 to take home the trophy for the first time.

Who do you think will be the MVP this season? Have your say below.

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