NBA MVP Watch: Record-breaking Russ in close race

Ali Guidoum

Sports Blogger

@AliGuidoum_

 

Russell Westbrook, point guard, Oklahoma City Thunder

(Keith Allison, Flickr)

Russell Westbrook made history as he tied the great Oscar Robertson for most single-season triple doubles at 41 Tuesday in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Only one day after making history, Westbrook had himself another night with a career-tying eight 3-pointers in his 45 point, 10 assists and nine rebound performance, one rebound shy of having the all-time record for triple doubles with 42. Westbrook just needs six assists to become the second player in NBA History to average a triple double. Westbrook is averaging 31.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assist so far. Westbrook is playing absolutely lights out and it is hard to say where the Thunder would be without him.

 

James Harden, point guard, Houston Rockets

James Harden, who is averaging 29.2 points and 11.2 assists per game, is having one of the best seasons of his career. The leader of the Rockets is on a mission to make a deep playoff run. Wednesday, Harden posted 31 points, 10 assists and seven boards as the Rockets defeated the Nuggets 110-104. The MVP race has been closer than ever and it could come down to these final games to see who can edge each other out for the award.

 

LeBron James, small forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

Although LeBron James and the Cavaliers have been on a slump since the All-Star break ended, James still proves to be the best player on the planet week in and week out. The Cavaliers have been hit with the injury bug and that’s a main reason for their recent losses. James has been averaging 26.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists this season. Although teams have been getting the best of James here and there, I do not believe there is a team in the Eastern Conference that can beat James and the Cavs in a seven-game series. The reason behind that is because they have one of the greatest post-season performers of all time in LeBron James.

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