Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams won the Sixth Man Award and Indiana's Victor Oladipo was honored as the league's Most Improved Player. Durant was the highest Warriors vote-getter, finishing seventh in voting behind Harden, James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.
Harden becomes the third ever Rocket to claim the award following Moses Malone (1979 and 1982) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994). Houston held a 3-2 series lead over the eventual world champion Golden State Warriors before losing All-Star point guard Chris Paul to injury for games six and seven.
Japan, Senegal record their first win, Russian Federation surprises Egypt
Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in group H yesterday to become the first Asian side to beat a South American one at the World Cup. Senegal emerged victorious by beating Poland 2-1 in the Group H encounter.
"But the only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?" he said backstage.
Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year - which was won by Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert - but the Pelicans forward was the only player to be named as a finalist for two of the major awards handed out Monday night.
He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest. Gobert, who turns 26 on Tuesday, missed 26 games during the regular season with multiple injuries, but still anchored a Jazz defense that posted the second-best defensive rating (101.6) in the National Basketball Association last season. Harden will look to defend the award next season.
Suarez scores as Uruguay and Russia advance
Muslera will also tie Ladislao Mazurkiewicz as the player to have made the most appearances for Uruguay at a World Cup. One reason why you shouldn't trust a group table during World Cups is because it often paints a wrong picture.
Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference.
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Oscar "The Big O" Robertson poses in the press room with the lifetime achievement award at the NBA Awards.
Japan players expect tough battle against Senegal following opening win
That means the victor would be in good shape to advance past the group stage, and a draw could end up benefiting either or both. And the 26-year-old admits he's aiming to replicate his efforts with Liverpool with his country this summer.