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Kevin Durant thanks God, his mam, his team-mates and his city in tearful MVP speech

“You’re the real MVP,” Durant tells mam as he is named the resounding winner of the NBA’s regular season award.

Durant couldn't fight the tears at last night's announcement in Oklahoma City.
Durant couldn't fight the tears at last night's announcement in Oklahoma City.
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“I DON’T KNOW why I’m crying so much,” said Kevin Durant as he blubbed his way through his acceptance speech.

Surrounded by his friends and family, the Oklahoma City Thunder star collected the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in recognition of his remarkable season.

Durant was a resounding winner, topping the ballot ahead of LeBron James — MVP for the last two seasons — Blake Griffin and Joakim Noah.

“It’s just a surreal feeling,” the 25-year-old said. “I never thought I could make it through college to the NBA and be standing here as the NBA Most Valuable Player.

“I failed so many times and got back up. I went through the toughest times but I’m still standing.”

In a tearful speech, he paid special thanks to his mother Wanda and insisted “You sacrificed for us. You are the real MVP.”

Here’s the speech:

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