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NBA Awards 2015 Most Valuable Player- James Harden: Dissecting the Dichotomy Of The MVP Award

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Eastern Conference guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2) shoots as Western Conference forward LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers (12) and guards James Harden of the Houston Rockets (13) and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30) and center DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (15) defend during the second half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. The West defeated the East 163-158. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When you compare the numbers it’s like splitting hairs as Steph Curry dominates certain categories and James Harden dominates others:

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Perhaps where we find the deciding factor is in the two players scoring: James Harden led the league with 35 games scoring thirty or more points whereas Steph Curry did it just 17 times.

Then factor in if Harden doesn’t score those points it’s likely the Rockets don’t win those games.

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