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Harden's triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves 123-118

Houston Rockets Clint Capela and Minnesota Timberwolves Kris Dunn reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday Harden's triple-double helps Rockets over Wolves 123-118
Damon Campbell | 16 April, 2017, 02:48

Can James Harden lead the Rockets past his old teammate and into the second round? One key will be surviving the Westbrook-less stretches despite that. Russell Westbrook and James Harden put up the year's most eye-popping numbers, trading triple-doubles on their way to the playoffs.

James has been part of 131 wins so far in his playoff career, tied with San Antonio's Tony Parker for the most among active players. It's not that simple. Threes may or may not fall; the Thunder can only pray they get lucky.

"It's been odd events this season, unfortunate events, some of them bad, some of them good but at the end of the day I can't have my mind focused on the past now", three-time champion LeBron James told reporters.

He's doing this with decent talent around him, but exactly not All-World players.

It will be interesting to see how many voters share his thoughts. And the drives will be a little bit with more definition to them. In others, it was a major factor. 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). The higher seeds, one through four, have home team advantage, meaning four of the seven games played in each series will be played in the venue of the higher seed. With sports like baseball, where you play so many games and it is hard to make your teammates better, giving the MVP to someone excellent on a lousy team, like Mike Trout on the Angels, is understandable.

After Kevin Durant's departure to the Golden State Warriors last summer, the fate of the Oklahoma City Thunder was left exclusively in the hands of Russell Westbrook as the franchise looked to bounce back.

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Leonard also best fits the historical criteria for MVP. Tony Allen is one of the best defenders in the league and will likely have a matchup with MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard.

Sunday, Westbrook, a smaller, more graceful version of LeBron James, broke the triple-double record of 41 in a season held by legendary great, guard Oscar Robertson, set in the 1961-'62 season. Even as a few potential wins slipped away, the Thunder maintained the long view throughout the season, and it was easy to do because Westbrook accepted the plan. Those are wildly known, and a huge reason why he is neck and neck with Russell Westbrook in the MVP race.

The meeting of the Rockets and Thunder is widely considered the most compelling of the first-round matchups, with Westbrook the NBA's leading scorer, Harden second; Harden first in assists, Westbrook third; and Westbrook the leader in rebounding among guards, with Harden next-best. There are three players with legitimate cases for the award: Igoudala, Eric Gordon of the Rockets and Lou Williams of the Rockets (formerly of the Lakers). He had a solid first half of the game with 23 points 12 rebounds and six assists.

Houston made the most threes per game of any team in the National Basketball Association with 14.4. Even so, 21-20 is not exactly the way you want your team to stumble into the playoffs. The final playoff spot in the East, however, is coming down to the very final game. He was the subject of much scrutiny because of the amount of responsibility that was given to him that caused the ball to have to be in his hands 90 percent of the time which opens the door for more opportunity for the ball to be turned over.

"How we play on the defensive side", Westbrook stated. He went 9 of 14 from the field and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line and added 16 rebounds and eight assists. He also has a plus-21.7 net rating in clutch situations (a five-point game with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and subsequent overtimes), while Harden has a minus-3.0.

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