Russell Westbrook is the MVP, even by your best Harden logic

In last Friday's column, we checked out Westbrook's numbers.

Westbrook's latest triple-double was another 50-point effort, his third such triple-double of this season. He did finish with 39 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, but 18 of those points were scored in a fourth quarter that started with the Rockets up 25. One could easily make an argument that Kevin Durant deserves to be higher on this list than Thomas. Skal Labissiere played an awesome game scoring 32 points and chipping in 11 rebounds and 2 steals.

Donovan said the decision ultimately was Westbrook's to make.

Beasley should get a similar amount of run Wednesday against the Thunder.

He called Westbrook's record "a huge accomplishment".

"As a friend, as a competitor, as a fan of the game, I'm just happy and proud of you, bro", James said. Westbrook's competitive attitude and commitment to winning are what set him apart from others. Just ask the aforementioned Big O. When he averaged a triple-double for the 1961-62 NBA season, that was only good enough for third place in the NBA MVP voting. We have two games left.

Rudy Gay leads the team in scoring (18.7 PPG), rebounds (5.2 RPG) and steals (1.5 SPG) and blocks (0.9 BPG).

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The irony behind Harden's comment is that while it appeared aimed at Westbrook, it strengthens Leonard's case, with the Spurs winners of 60-plus games and above Houston in the standings. Combo-guard sharpshooter Eric Gordon should win Sixth Man of the Year.

But those players didn't create as many points through their assists because far more of Harden's dimes went for an extra point.

Meanwhile, James' Cavaliers have continued to struggle post All-Star break, Harden's efficiency has dipped and Leonard has remained, well, Leonard.

With another thrilling conclusion to a championship game in the NCAA Tournament, College Football in full Spring Football mode, the NFL Draft still a few weeks away and Major League Baseball teams only a few games into their 162-game season, the attention of the sports world quickly shifts into the tail end of the National Basketball Association regular season. He's also averaging 1.5 steals per game while going to the foul line more than anyone else in the league - almost 11 times per game.

The 28-year-old plays like a man who won't be denied, so it's fitting he's put together a tour de force season that makes it hard to deny him the MVP either. Harden is on his eighth National Basketball Association season and Westbrook, his ninth. A first-round tango with Harden and the No. 3-seed Rockets begins in Houston this weekend. The 32-year-old is putting up perhaps the most under-the-radar 26.4-8.6-8.7 in history. For those who believe a 10th rebound is exponentially more important than the 9th, Westbrook - who did it all and then some for the Thunder this year - is your guy.

Curry, 29, is the league's back-to-back MVP. Williams has cooled off a bit in Houston partly because he is no longer the focal point, but he's still providing fantasy owners with plenty of threes, points, and assists while doing a ton of damage from the free throw line. The Warriors are 65-14 and No. 1 in the West. The shot proved true, barely rippling the net on its way through the hoop and leaving Houston with a 15-point lead after one quarter. Aside from Towns and a healthy Embiid, there simply isn't a better young big man out there than Turner, and I expect to see him go in the second round of drafts next year.

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