NBA awards 2018: James Harden wins first career MVP award


After averaging 30.4 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 2017-18 and leading the Rockets to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and a 65-17 record, Harden was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Monday.

“Shout out to all the youngest, man, y’all got a dream, a vision out there, go chase that dream,” Harden said after winning his award. “I’ll see y’all next year.”

This is Harden’s second straight year to be in the top 3 of the voting for the MVP award. The 28-year-old finished second to Russell Westbrook last season. He finished ninth in 2015-16.

Following Harden in the voting was LeBron James in second, who averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds, and Anthony Davis in third who put up 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

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