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James Harden hustles for NBA MVP race, topples Russell Westbrook

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It’s hard to imagine any player in the league right now doing better than Russell Westbrook. OKC’s point guard has been doing everything on the court, and he’s averaging triple-doubles and broke Magic Johnson’s ’88 record. But here comes James Harden.

Russell Westbrook has been at the spotlight in the past three weeks. Somehow, Houston’s James Harden has eked his way up to beat Westbrook for the Player of the Week award along with DeMar DeRozan.

This is for for games played Monday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 18, according to a report by NBA.com.

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DeMar DeRozan averaged 31.5 points on 60.5 percent shooting to go with 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He led Toronto to a 3-1 week.

James Harden for NBA MVP

James Harden has scored back-to-back triple doubles this week. He’s finally found himself in an offensive style designed by coach Mike D’Antoni that caters perfectly to his game in “Seven Seconds or Less.”

From Dec. 11 to 17, Russell Westbrook only managed to record one triple double, as the Thunder went 2-2. Although he did stun the Suns with his “Shammgod” move as he recorded his 13th triple-double this season, he struggled before that with Utah.

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Meanwhile, Harden averaged 27.0 points, 12.8 assists and 9.8 rebounds in four games. He’s leading the Rockets to a 10-game winning streak, which puts them at fourth place.

According to a report by USA Today, James Harden is at the top of the NBA MVP race followed by Russell Westbrook. Below the tier are candidates Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, respectively.

James Harden doing an all-around

Not only has Harden been slowly, but surely creeping up the rankings in the league and the NBA MVP race. He’s been doing real well outside the courts as well.

Triple-doubles aside, Harden does more. In a report by Chron, he “hosted a shopping spree for 21 single mothers and their children on Sunday at a local Target store. This event was part of the activities of the James Harden Family Foundation, and it “allows single mothers to provide Christmas gifts for their families, as well as pick up necessary daily items.”

He’s been organizing this for five years already, since he started playing for the Houston Rockets.

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