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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named MVP. It was the first MVP award for the 25-year-old, who has been playing basketball for seven years. Durant was a contender for award in 2012 and 2013, but fell just shy of winning.

In his moving acceptance speech, Durant made sure to thank his teammates, coaches, and — of course — his mother. Of her, he said: "One my best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, we all just sat in the living room and just hugged each other. We thought we made it. … You wake me up in the middle of the night in the summertime, making me run up a hill, making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines of my games at eight or nine years old … When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP."

Check out the full speech after the cut.

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