Harden Declares 'I Am The MVP'
Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) makes a layup as Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game

The debate around who is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player has taken a turn with Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden declaring he is the MVP.

Harden scored 44 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 113-111 win over the Detroit Pistons, which was his best since joining the Nets in January.

He also had 14 rebounds and eight assists in a blistering display in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

The Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February continued his hot run of form to average 26.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 12.3 assists across nine March appearances.

He leads the league in assists per game, while he has 25.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.

“I don’t want to speak individually on myself,” Harden said. “I’m just going to leave it at that.

“I just try to go out there every single night and bring my teammates everything I can bring to the game.

“Tonight, Detroit’s game plan and schemes were to take away the lob pass and not let our bigs get lobs and shooters to get shots. That allowed me to get to the basket and shoot layups all night.

“Games are different and I just take what the defense gives me. The next game we might get more lobs than shots.

“Just play the game the right way and try to be efficient in doing it.”

Among the MVP contenders are Nikola Jogic, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid along with Harden.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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