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The NBA named Miami Heat forward LeBron James its Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season on Sunday. It was the fourth time in five years James, 28, has won the award. A day before the Heat were to begin the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, as the only players in league history to win the award at least four times
Eight teams are still alive in the chase for the NBA title. Five of the eight first-round NBA playoff series were won by the higher seeded teams, with sixth-seeded Memphis being the lowest seed still remaining. Here's a look at the match-ups for the Eastern and Western Conference semifinals:
Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-93, in Brooklyn on Saturday night to win Game 7 and capture the first-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series
Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 23 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 118-105, in Memphis on Friday night to win Game 6 and take the first-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series, four games to two
Kevin Durant had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets, 103-94, in Houston on Friday night to win a physical Game 6 and take the first-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series, four games to two
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics, 88-80, in Boston on Friday night to win Game 6 and take the first-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series, four games to two
George Hill and David West scored 21 points apiece, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 81-73, in Atlanta on Friday night to win Game 6 and take the first-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series, four games to two
Stephen Curry scored 22 points and Andrew Bogut had 14 points and 21 rebounds, as the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets, 92-88, in Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday and won the best-of-seven, first-round NBA playoff series, four games to two
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