With a neck and neck MVP battle against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets’ James Harden keeps pumping to clinch the most coveted award.

Carving an NBA history that can amplify his MVP card advantage, Harden proved his prowess on Tuesday as he became the first player ever to score and assist on 2,000 points in the same season.



Westbrook and Harden are both dynamic, stat-stuffing guards who are spearheading for most of their team’s scores. Westbrook currently averages a triple-double while Harden isn’t far off and also leads the league in assists.

Exuding different styles that captures audience’s personal tastes, Westbrook and Harden both never missed a game this season.

Asked about the importance of never missing any of the Rockets’ games, Harden said it should definitely factor into the MVP race.

“Yeah, because you’re not leaving your teammates out there to dry,” he told reporters. “For me, I always worry about having my teammates’ back and always being out there.”

Other contenders to the title are Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, and San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard.

“I’m going to have [my teammates’] back and they know that they have mine as well,” Harden furthered. “For the coaching staff and the fans, especially here in Houston, the front office, I’m here to play.”