Barring something unforeseen, James Harden is going to win his first MVP this year after finishing second two of the last three seasons. The question is: Will he win it unanimously?

Not many seasons warrant even asking that question, but Harden once again is putting up all-time numbers -- first in scoring at better than 31 a game and second in assists nearly nine a night. The icing on the cake is the Rockets enter Monday as the best team in the league with a slim lead over Golden State for the No. 1 seed in the West.

The award is his.

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