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Harden: ‘Winning is the most important thing (for MVP)’

Rockets guard makes his case for the MVP.

NBA: Houston Rockets at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA MVP race has been one of the closest in recent memory. Rockets guard James Harden and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has gone back and forth in taking the Maurice Podoloff Trophy.

Westbrook on Sunday put his strongest foot forward by setting the single-season NBA triple double record (42), passing Oscar Robertson’s mark from the 1961-62 season.

Also on Sunday, James Harden put his strongest foot forward to the media, winning. Harden stated that he felt the most important about the MVP award should be winning.

Harden has led the Rockets to the NBA' third-best record (54-26), scoring 29.2 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds. Westbrook on the other hand, have averaged a triple-double (31.7 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds). The Thunder are in sixth place (46-34) and will face Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference.

Rockets general manager supported his player on Twitter with historical precedent:

Voters have until the end of this week to decide who should take home the honor.