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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 10:20 am | Updated: 8:11 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki ended the two-year MVP reign of good friend Steve Nash on Tuesday, picking up the trophy for a great regular season dimmed by a postseason flop.

Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to 67 wins this season, matching the sixth most in league history.

He received 1,138 points, including 83 of the 129 first-place votes. Nash of the Phoenix Suns followed with 1,013 points and 44 first-place votes, and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers got the remaining two first-place votes. San Antonio's Tim Duncan was fourth and Cleveland's Lebron James was fifth.

Votes were turned in before the playoffs, a good thing for Nowitzki considering how little he did to prevent the Mavs from being bounced in the first round by eighth-seeded Golden State, one of the biggest upsets in the NBA playoffs.

Twelve days later, Nowitzki hasn't gotten over the disappointment, although this award - which Nowitzki learned he'd won late last week - is definitely a mood-lifter. The 7-foot German is the first European honoree in the 52-year history of the award, and he's the first recipient not to have attended high school or college in the United States.

NBA Most Valuable Player Voting

By The Associated Press

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Player, Team Points

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (83) 1138

Steve Nash, Phoenix (44) 1013

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (2) 521

Tim Duncan, San Antonio 286

LeBron James, Cleveland 183

Tracy McGrady, Houston 110

Chris Bosh, Toronto 43

Gilbert Arenas, Washington 31

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota 7

Carlos Boozer, Utah 7

Chauncey Billups, Detroit 4

Dwyane Wade, Miami 3

Shaquille O’Neal, Miami 3

Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix 2

Carmelo Anthony, Denver 1

Baron Davis, Golden State 1

Tony Parker, San Antonio 1

NBA Most Valuable Players

By The Associated Press

2007 — Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

2006 — Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

2005 — Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

2004 — Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

2003 — Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

2002 — Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

2001 — Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers

2000 — Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

1999 — Karl Malone, Utah Jazz

1998 — Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1997 — Karl Malone, Utah Jazz

1996 — Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1995 — David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs

1994 — Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

1993 — Charles Barkley, Phoenix

1992 — Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1991 — Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1990 — Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

1989 — Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

1988 — Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1987 — Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

1986 — Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

1985 — Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

1984 — Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

1983 — Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers

1982 — Moses Malone, Houston Rockets

1981 — Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers

1980 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers

1979 — Moses Malone, Houston Rockets

1978 — Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers

1977 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers

1976 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers

1975 — Bob McAdoo, Buffalo Braves

1974 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks

1973 — Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics

1972 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks

1971 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks

1970 — Willis Reed, New York Knicks

1969 — Wes Unseld, Baltimore Bullets

1968 — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers

1967 — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers

1966 — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers

1965 — Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

1964 — Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati

1963 — Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

1962 — Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

1961 — Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

1960 — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors

1959 — Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks

1958 — Bill Russell, Boston Celtics

1957 — Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics

1956 — Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks

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