James Harden hailed Russell Westbrook's triple-double record but believes the MVP should be decided on wins and not individual accomplishments.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Westbrook made history on Sunday with his 42nd triple-double of the season, breaking Oscar Robertson's record of 41.
Westbrook achieved the feat while putting up 50 points, with an incredible buzzer-beating three-pointer sealing victory over the Denver Nuggets.
While many will believe that showing should clinch the MVP award for Westbrook, Harden feels the fact his Houston Rockets have eight more wins than the Thunder should have more of an impact.
"I think that's the most important thing. I thought winning is what this is about — period," Harden said on Sunday after his triple-double against the Sacramento Kings.
"I'm not going to get in-depth with all that, but I thought winning was the most important thing. If you set your team up in a position to have a chance, at the ultimate goal, that's the most important thing."
"It's a huge accomplishment," Harden said of Westbrook's record. "He's been playing extremely well all season long, it's never been done before, it's a great individual accomplishment, and it's great."
AAU...All-Star game...Draft Lottery...2017 MVP race. Basketball is losing its focus on winning
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 8, 2017
Harden's views align with those of Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who last week posted on Twitter: "AAU...All-Star game...Draft Lottery...2017 MVP race. Basketball is losing its focus on winning."
Harden and Westbrook will have the chance to settle who is the superior player when the third seed Rockets face the sixth seed Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.