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Westbrook named NBA MVP finalist

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, talks to the fans as Oscar Robertson, left, and others listen, before an NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook was officially named one of three NBA MVP finalists Friday night, along with Rockets' point guard James Harden and Spurs' forward Kawhi Leonard.

The 28-year-old point guard had a historic 2016-2017 season, setting a new NBA single-season record of 42 triple-doubles (breaking Oscar Robertson's previous mark of 41). Westbrook also became just the second player ever to average a triple-double. He averaged a league-best 31.6 points per game, along with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

On Thursday, Westbrook was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second straight season, after receiving 99 First Team votes (498 total points).

It's been a special week for Westbrook off the court as well. On Tuesday, he and his wife Nina welcomed the birth of their first child, Noah Russell Westbrook.

The MVP award will be presented in the NBA's first ever award show, which will take place on June 26th in New York City.


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