The Associated Press awarded the MVP to the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers each won the award for the third straight year.
The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, captured the league’s Most Improved Player award, while the Cavaliers were rewarded with the league MVP for leading the NBA in 3-point shooting.
The Cavaliers were also named MVP for their historic series sweep of the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
The Rockets, led in scoring by Harden, shot 47.5 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from 3-pointers, and the Warriors were also the NBA MVP in the defensive category.
The Cavs were second in scoring, and their All-Star guard, Kyrie Irving, was also named league MVP.
Golden State and Cleveland both won the defensive award, and Harden led the league in assists for the sixth straight season.
Harden also led the NBA with 13 triple-doubles.
The Warriors also had 12 players with at least 10 points.
The Golden State-Houston series had an average of 22.8 points, the second-highest total in NBA history behind the record-setting 29.5 points by Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki in 2007.