James' selection was not unanimous, despite plenty of suggestions from people around the league in recent weeks that he was worthy of that honor. Anthony received the only other first-place vote from a panel of broadcasters and sports writers who cover the league.
James' other MVPs came in 2009, 2010 and 2012. He joins Russell as the only players to win the award four times in five years and Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to twice win the award in consecutive seasons. After practice Saturday, James said his primary goal remained helping the Heat win a second successive NBA title.
The Miami Heat star will be introduced Sunday as the award winner, according to a person familiar with the results and who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced the result. James will become the fifth player with at least four MVP awards, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He faces Brooklyn or Chicago in the next round in his quest for another title.
James had 149 points and 18 first-place votes.
The Heat star spent much of the end of the regular season dealing with a sore right hamstring.
All three have recently missed time because of injuries or illness. James has dealt with a strained right hamstring, Wade has been bothered by bone bruises near his right knee and Bosh had flu-like symptoms this week.
James, who finished with seven rebounds and seven assists, has gone a combined 23 for 33 (69.7 percent) from the field over his last two games. It's hard to make a case against him for MVP.
James didn't look like he missed a beat after sitting out the Heat's last three games with a strained right hamstring.
James had missed the team's previous three games due to a strained right hamstring.
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