Harden, LeBron, Davis finalists for NBA MVP

Anthony Davis, James Harden and LeBron James were announced Wednesday as the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.

James has won the MVP award four times in his career, while Harden has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, led the Houston Rockets to a Game 2 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night to even up the Western Conference finals at a game apiece.

Meanwhile, LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics going into Saturday night’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

As for Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ star big man, he was also named a finalist for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Boston’s Jayson Tatum were named as finalists for the Rookie of the Year award.

Houston’s Eric Gordon, Toronto’s Fred VanVleet and Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers are the finalists for the Sixth Man award, while Houston’s Clint Capela, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo are Most Improved Player finalists.

Fired Raptors coach Dwane Casey leads the finalists for Coach of the Year, along with Utah’s Quin Snyder and Boston’s Brad Stevens.

The winners of the awards will be announced during a televised show on June 25.