OKC's Westbrook bags 2017 NBA MVP award

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Taylor Swift came out of the woods last night to congratulate NBA player Russell Westbrook on being named the Most Valuable Player at Monday's NBA Awards-and basically pretended he was a squad member in a cute, joke-filled video message.

He tallied 42 triple-doubles with an average of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists during the year.

Despite the loss of Durant, a four-times scoring champion, the Westbrook-led Thunder recorded 47 wins, just eight fewer than the previous campaign. The 28-year-old topped an elite group of players featuring James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs) and LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers).

Westbrook had to wait until Monday evening's NBA Awards Show, held in NY more than two months after the conclusion of the regular season, to learn he'd won the award, though most expected it would be his.

Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook won the 2017 National Basketball Association most valuable player award on Monday.

He is the second Thunder player ever to win MVP, as well.

As his speech continued, Westbrook also thanked the media, a select group of voters responsible for him winning the award.

Dirk Nowitzki won Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year, and Charlotte's Kemba Walker's the NBA Sportsmanship Award as voted by his peers.

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Russell won 11 championships as a player with the Boston Celtics and went on to become the NBA's first black coach. Apples to oranges in comparing a center, forward and guard, but it's hard to say the first player wasn't the best.

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In his first season coming off the bench, Gordon set a single-season record with 206 3-pointers by a reserve.

Hall of Famer Bill Russell will also be presented with the first lifetime achievement award during the telecast.

Westbrook received 69 first-point votes, which were worth 10 points and 888 overall points. "Every night you see me scream, bang on my chest, everything I do is for my family because they sacrificed so much for me".

Gordon set an National Basketball Association single-season record for most 3-pointers off the bench, helping the high-scoring Rockets make more shots behind the arc than any team in history.

Mike D'Antoni collected his second Coach of the Year award for steering Houston to a semifinal finish in the postseason.

The Clippers' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley were the two guards on the first team.

They were joined by Joel Embiid, Saric's teammate in Philadelphia, along with Sacramento guard Buddy Hield and Knicks forward Willy Hernangomez. This is for all you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys in my corner.

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