James, who finished with 1,207 total points in MVP voting, was the only player in the NBA to lead his team in scoring (26.8 PPG), rebounding (8.0 RPG) and assists (7.3 APG).
Anthony led the league in scoring (28.7 PPG) but does not defend nearly as well as James.
"I take my hat off to him, he deserves it," Anthony said of James' MVP honor. "They had a helluva year. To win 27 straight games [is] a hell of an achievement."
The voting consisted of a panel of 121 voters. The panel was made up of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote. The fan vote counted as one vote and was compiled with the 120 media votes to determine the winner.
NOVAK IN GAME 3?Steve Novak did not play in Game 1 against Indy. He has missed two straight games with back spasms. He said before Game 1 that he hopes to return Tuesday for Game 2 but will definitely be back in Game 3 on Saturday in Indianapolis. He has not undergone an MRI or X-ray on his back.