LOS ANGELES, CA -- Kobe Bryant has won his first MVP award after leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the best record in the Western
He will receive the trophy Wednesday night from commissioner
David Stern before the Lakers face Utah in Game 2 of their
conference semifinal. Bryant was followed in the voting Tuesday by
Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.
Bryant entered the season as the league's two-time defending
scoring champion but had finished only as high as third in MVP
voting. He averaged 28.3 points while playing all 82 games despite
tearing a pinkie ligament in February.