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After leading the league in scoring and guiding his team to an NBA-best 65 wins during the regular season, Houston Rockets guard James Harden has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2017-18 season.

While a number of other honors were handed out at the 2018 NBA Awards Show on Monday night, the main event was scheduled for the end.

The Rockets won the Western Conference but were beaten by eventual National Basketball Association champions Golden State Warriors in the play-offs.

Harden beat out Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans. Houston general manager Daryl Morey was also named Executive of the Year.

The 6-foot-10 guard averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 81 games last season.

Simmons helped Philadelphia to a 52-30 record, including ending the season with a 16-game winning streak.

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. James was able to lead the Cavaliers to the Finals for the fourth straight season despite only having the fourth seed in the East. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams bested Gordon, and Capela was edged by Pacers all-star Victor Oladipo.

Dwane Casey earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Raptors to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

The day before his 26th birthday on Monday, their 7-foot-1 son stood tall on the stage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California as the NBA's 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year award victor. "And, my teammates of course and my great coach and the city of Philadelphia for really embracing me and my family so thank you". Before Thunder star Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the past two seasons, Robertson was the most recent player to average a triple-double - in the 1961-62 season.

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