Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin finished third in voting for the NBA’s most valuable player award that was officially announced Tuesday. Teammate Chris Paul was seventh.
Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant won the award.
Miami small forward LeBron James, who had won the last two MVP awards and four of the last five, was second in the voting.
Griffin averaged 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during the regular season for the Clippers.
He had 23 points in the Clippers’ 122-105 victory over Durant and the Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference second-round playoffs in Oklahoma City on Monday night. Paul, who averaged 19.1 points and 10.7 assists in the regular season, had 32 points, including eight three-pointers, and 10 assists in the game.
Griffin and the Clippers will face the Thunder in Game 2 Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.