Westbrook wins MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards

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As he carried Oklahoma City to a record of 47-35 and the sixth seed in the West, Westbrook broke an Oscar Robertson record (a single-season total of 42 triple-doubles) and matched a Robertson milestone (recording triple-double averages over an entire regular season).

"We go back, what 20 years ... actually we've never met, that's a fake story but I wish it were true".

Russell Westbrook won the Most Valuable Player award Monday in the first-ever NBA Awards ceremony.

He received 69 first-place votes and 888 points from a panel of 100 media members and a fan vote to easily beat Houston's James Harden, who had 22 first-place votes and 753 points.

The league will announce the victor of the MVP and the other individual honours during the first NBA Awards show in NY.

He even called his team on the stage and said that it would not have been possible without them and that the award is for not just him but all of them.

Westbrook was favoured to win the award before the season tipped off, after former MVP Kevin Durant departed the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.




"It was an awesome season for me but without these guys none of it would have been possible". "I told myself I wasn't going to cry, but I can't say thank you enough".

Former Virginia standout Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks became the first player picked outside the first round of the National Basketball Association draft to win the league's rookie of the year award since the common draft era began in 1966.

Brogdon was the No. 36 overall selection out of Virginia.

The NBA MVP trophy is named in honor of the late Maurice Podoloff, the first commissioner of the NBA who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963. And you said, if you remember correctly.'You just have to shake it off, ' and I got an idea. "I'm just looking forward to this opportunity because I have a lot left in the tank".

Gordon's coach, Mike D'Antoni, won the Coach of the Year award and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player.

Westbrook's win came as little surprise despite the fact the Thunder finished eight games back of the Rockets and lost to Houston in the first round of the 2017 playoffs.

"This is not an individual award".

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