I can feel it check out this article from the USA Today http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/01/james-harden-houston-rockets-triple-double-nba-mvp-russell-westbrook In case you’re waking up a little late from your New Year’s celebration, you need to know what Houston Rockets guard James Harden did on Saturday night. He totaled 53 points 17 assists and 16 rebounds in a win over the New York Knicks. Rub your eyes again and look at those numbers. That would be the first 50-15-15 game in NBA history. And if it wasn’t obvious before, it is now: Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook are now in one heck of a two-man race for NBA MVP. Before diving into who deserves to be the front-runner as 2017 kicks off, take a look at their respective numbers. Let’s start with Westbrook: He’s still Mr. Triple Double, averaging 30.9 ppg (which leads the league), 10.7 apg and 10.5 rpg. He leads the NBA in PER at 30.41, although he’s turning the ball over 5.4 times per contest. Here’s where you might be surprised to look at Harden’s numbers: 28.5 ppg, 12.0 apg, 8.1 rpg. That’s right, he’s almost at a triple-double average with more assists than Westbrook and fewer points. He also leads the league in win shares at 7.6 (Westbrook is at 5.5, ninth overall). One reason to vote for Westbrook is the aforementioned Oscar Robertson triple-double average. But if Harden gets there — and he might, he’s already totaled eight triple-doubles in 2016-17 — what’s the tie-breaker? The answer comes down to their teammates. If you remove Harden from the 26-9 Rockets or Westbrook from the 21-13 Thunder, which team is better? I’d take the Rockets thanks to their secondary options and deeper bench. Beyond Victor Oladipo and some scoring from Enes Kanter, the Thunder don’t have much more to work with, which means one thing: Westbrook is a one-man wrecking crew single-handedly leading his team to a playoff spot. As of Jan. 1, my vote is for Westbrook. But no matter where you land in this argument, this is going to be an incredible race to watch.