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Nikola Jokic named NBA MVP in second-straight season

Nikola Jokic was the first player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic accepts the NBA most valuable player award before Game 3 of the team's NBA second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, June 11, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA for a second-straight season.

Jokic was the first player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.

Without his teammates Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., Jokic led the Nuggets to the fifth seed in the Western Conference before being eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Golden State Warriors.

Jokic beats out other finalists for the MVP Award including Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jokic won the NBA's MVP Award following the 2021 season, the first player to do so in Nuggets history.

"Man, all year I've been saying it, I just woke up happier [than] ever like I won the award!" tweeted Nuggets guard Bones Hyland. "I’m so proud of my boy man!! great player but a even better leader and great role model! Thanks for showing me the ropes this year Jokey!"

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, looks to pass the ball as Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney, center, and forward Draymond Green defend in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round Western Conference playoff series Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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