Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87

And that's very much the case this season.

That won't happen if MVP contender James Harden has any say about it. Get back in transition obviously for Westbrook. His final stat line for the season: 31.6 PPG/ 10.7 RPG / 10.4 APG. The season was filled with excitement and disappointment, but it was mainly capped off between the MVP race with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Some argue that Westbrook's triple-doubles are over-inflated and that he could have helped the Oklahoma City Thunder win more games by taking a step back, involving teammates, and focusing more on efficiency.

The Rockets don't have a "Big Three" like the Warriors or Cavaliers, and their second-best player isn't almost as good as LaMarcus Aldridge is for the San Antonio Spurs. Harden one way or another should keep the Rockets offense humming along.

The Thunder guard happily answered questions about Oscar Robertson's MVP endorsement, and he answered a few questions about his record 42 triple-doubles in the regular season before his mood soured.

So, while Curry only averages 6.6 assists per game, which is far below Harden's NBA-leading average of 11.2 dimes per night and Westbrook's 10.4 mark, the Warriors are better scorers when their star point guard is on the court. Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and Taj Gibson can all turn the game just on their offensive rebounding ability.

Most three-pointers made in a single month (279). And Dwyane Wade's first game with the Chicago Bulls was against Boston, so it seems fitting that his first playoff game with his hometown team comes against the Celtics as well. He enters this postseason No. 4 at 5,572 points — behind only No. 3 Kobe Bryant (5,640), No. 2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and No. 1 Michael Jordan (5,987).

Including playoffs, Harden and Westbrook have faced off 16 times, each player walking away a victor in eight of those. So why won't it win the MVP in 2017? The most recent may have been the best, as James finished with 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to George's 43 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Cleveland's 135-100 double-overtime victory on April 2.

After a long regular season featuring 286 road games (all stats approximate) and a last couple of weeks that meant literally nothing, the Rockets finally begin the second season tonight. They went 55-27 and secured the Western Conference's No. 3 seed by season's end. He's been playing great offensive basketball, worthy of the attention he's gotten.

Once again, the award should go to either Harden or Westbrook.

Both sides also have the ideal irritant to each MVP candidate.

With only a 47-35 record, does Westbrook still deserve the MVP award? "How we play on the defensive side (will be key)", Westbrook said. LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard are the next two right behind them. That streak is eight seasons longer than any other National Basketball Association franchise ever posted, and also the longest in any North American major pro sport (the Montreal Canadiens and San Francisco 49ers had winning percentages of.600 or better in 16 consecutive seasons). They have shown that they can - they have a team that can adjust to play against nearly anybody. "He brings it every game".

What really disappointed me is why I like him so much; he is so humble that he wouldn't let us publicly thank him for the YEARS of great work here at Peachtree and on various radio shows he guested on representing Peachtree. And usually, there's not much of a debate there. One team will reign supreme; those who can't wait until June to find out which one can take a sneak peek at the Bing Predicts NBA Playoffs bracket.

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