James Harden wins 2018 NBA MVP over Anthony Davis, LeBron James

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Despite missing 26 games with two knee injuries, Gobert returned to lead the Jazz to a second-round playoff appearance as the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

The 79-year-old former guard who starred at Crispus Attucks High in Indianapolis and in college at Cincinnati before going to the National Basketball Association said it's time for players to speak out about politics and education, among other issues.

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is the NBA's Most Improved Player after a stellar first season in IN that ended in a playoff showdown with James and the Cavaliers. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the event revealed this year's MVP, Rookie Of the Year, Defensive Player Of The Year, Coach of the Year, and several other accolades (see winners here ICYMI).

- Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Harden is averaging 10 assists per game.

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz won Defensive Player of the Year, edging out New Orleans' Davis and the Sixers Joel Embiid. He was the league's leading scorer at 30.4 points per game and he was third in the league in assists, dishing out 8.8 helpers per contest.

Dwane Casey was crowned Coach of the Year after guiding the Toronto Raptors to first place in the Eastern Conference.

International Yoga Day 2018
In Jammu and Kashmir, the Day was celebrated at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium at Sonwar in Srinagar. In a distracted world, yoga helps focus", Modi said in another video released on Twitter this week.

After finishing second in voting twice, James Harden finally won his first NBA MVP award on Monday night.

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.

Therefore, there's a lot riding on the MVP award every year.

Harden's teammate, Chris Paul, popped up among reporters backstage and asked Harden how many bottles of liquor Rockets CEO Tad Brown would have to buy at the next location.

The guard averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to post those numbers in a season.