Utah’s Rudy Gobert wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year

James Harden arrives at “Imma Be a Star” Block Party at Audubon Middle School on a firetruck. More

James Harden arrives at “Imma Be a Star” Block Party at Audubon Middle School on a firetruck. More

James Harden of the Houston Rockets is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. James Harden bested other MVP finalists LeBron James and Anthony Davis as finalists.

In the 33 games he played without Cousins, Davis averaged 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, two steals and 3.2 blocks while shooting 51.4 percent from the field.

This is the first time Harden has claimed the MVP award, and he is the third Rockets player to win it. "You know, I felt like last year I should have won as well, so I didn't see a difference between last year and this year." he said.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Rookie of the Year award is between Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell.

Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history after winning a team-record 59 games.

It's Harden's first career MVP award after finishing as runner-up in 2015 and 2017.

Why Uruguay and Luis Suarez are still dark horses in Russian Federation
After losing 5-0 in their opener, Saudi Arabia could be in for an even worse scoreline against a significantly better opponent. The Saudi Arabian national team's rough start to World Cup continued on Tuesday, as the team's plane caught fire in midair.

Oladipo beat out fellow finalists Clint Capela of the Rockets and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.

He averaged 27.5 points on 54.2 percent from the field to go with a career-high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games. Unfortunately for him, his incredible playoff run didn't factor into the voting (since MVP is a regular-season award). Gordon won the award last season. However, Casey was sacked after the Raptors' second consecutive second-round loss to James and the Cavaliers.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors.

The Rockets had another victor in Daryl Morey, who was honored as Executive of the Year. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Harden became the first player in National Basketball Association history to have a 60-point triple-double.

Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the NBA Awards on Monday night.

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