Skal Labissiere has a big game as Kings lose to Rockets

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What Westbrook has done is incredible. On Sunday afternoon, Westbrook kept his video-game-esque season going with a heart-stopping performance against the Denver Nuggets on the road.

The Kings managed to make a few runs in the second half, led by rookie Skal Labissiere and Ty Lawson. Williams has cooled off a bit in Houston partly because he is no longer the focal point, but he's still providing fantasy owners with plenty of threes, points, and assists while doing a ton of damage from the free throw line.

Westbrook put up his 42nd triple-double of the season Sunday night, surpassing Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who previously held the record at 41.

Westbrook is in the running to become the league's MVP with career-best averages of 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game.

The six-time All-Star is also now in line to come away with the NBA's scoring title.

The analyst stressed that the MVP award should belong to a player who can lead his team to a title and not just pile up statistics by himself. Shouldn't crushing a 55-year-old record in professional sports be an nearly instant clincher of MVP hardware? He'll shoot 20 or 60 percent, but he'll somehow get a triple-double and hit a 30-foot three pointer at the buzzer to win the game. Who do you pick as MVP? That may be true, but how good is that system without an MVP-caliber player guiding it?

My point? Crushing a so-called un-crushable record in professional sports is usually followed by an MVP award.

The NBA regular season is about to end in a couple of days but the Most Valuable Player Award is down to two players - Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

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INGRASSIA: What's been more fascinating this season: Watching Russell Westbrook average a triple-double this season or listening to all the talking heads argue he doesn't deserve the MVP?

By others, I'm referring to both Harden and Westbrook's respective supporting casts. Harden has no doubt had a standout 2016-2017 season of his own. They point to the 6-5 Harden, with a game built on precision and awareness, likely becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history to tally 2,000 points, 900 assists and 600 rebounds in the same season. Period", said Harden in an interview with the Houston Chronicle."I'm not going to get into depths on that, but I thought winning is the most important thing.

But it really does blow my mind to see fans and media pundits alike blow off the significance of Westbrook's historic season.

With a new coaching staff, a bunch of new players, a hard early season schedule, and the loss of Dwight Howard, the 2016-17 season could've been a rough one for the Rockets, but it turned to be anything but. It's evident that Westbrook's valiant efforts have benefited his team.

With two games left in the Oklahoma City Thunder's regular season campaign, Russell Westbrook is about to finish one of the greatest individual statistical seasons in the history of the National Basketball Association.

I can make the case for Kawhi Leonard or maybe even LeBron James over James Harden and/or Russell Westbrook, with a little bit of home town love for DeMar DeRozan being somewhere on my ballot, if not in the top-four.

After a dismal 41-41 season a year ago, the Rockets used a 20-2 sizzling stretch from December 1 through January 10 to put a virtual chokehold on the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference behind the Warriors and Spurs and establish themselves behind the favorites as dark horse contenders.

Heading into the season, with the departure of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors, many were wondering if this Thunder squad would even sniff the playoffs.