James Harden finishes second in MVP race to Stephen Curry

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HOUSTON, TX – James Harden averaged career highs in points, assists and rebounds this season, but it still wasn’t enough to win the NBA MVP award.  Harden finished second in the balloting to Golden State’s Stephen Curry.

“The MVP is something amazing, but we’ve got a great opportunity in this locker room,” Rockets guard James Harden.  “I’m not going to let one little individual award affect what we’ve got going on in this locker room.”

Dwight Howard said despite Harden missing out on the honor, “The Beard” is still the Rockets’ MVP.

“I think all of us were pretty upset with the fact that he didn’t win,” Howard said.  “The main thing is that we win a championship. That’s our goal. I’m pretty sure that winning a championship for him and for us would feel a lot better than an award for the regular season.”

Harden earned 25 of the 130 first place votes.