Larry Bird Wins Third Straight MVP

Joins Bull Russell (1961-63) and Wilt Chamberlain (1966-68) as the only players in NBA history to win three consecutive MVP awards. Averaged 25.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.0 steals during the season.

1986- Wins the inaugural long-distance shootout at All-Star Weekend; wins third consecutive MVP award; wins NBA championship; wins Finals MVP award.

MVP stats: gp:82 - mpg:38.0 - ppg:25.8 - rpg:9.8 - apg:6.8 - fg%:49.6 - ft%:89.6

Team standing: Celtics 67-15, first in Atlantic division. Routed Houston 4-2 in NBA finals.

Comments: His 3rd consecutive MVP award. In the first round of the playoffs against Chicago he claimed Michael Jordan was God disguised as Jordan. Not quite, his Celtics dispatched the Bulls 3-0 despite Jordan's 49 and 63 points in games 1 and 2. In the finals the relatively inexperienced Rockets with Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson were also done in at 4-2.