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James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis finalists for NBA MVP award

In this May 6, 2018 file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) receives a high-five from guard Chris Paul, right, following Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. The Rockets won 100-87. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
In this May 6, 2018 file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) receives a high-five from guard Chris Paul, right, following Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. The Rockets won 100-87. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

NEW YORK – Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.

Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.

The other finalists:

Rookie of the Year

Donovan Mitchell, Utah

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia

Jayson Tatum, Boston

Coach of the Year

Dwane Casey, Toronto

Quin Snyder, Utah

Brad Stevens, Boston

Sixth man

Eric Gordon, Houston

Fred VanVleet, Toronto

Lou Williams, Clippers

Most Improved Player

Clint Capela, Houston

Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn

Victor Oladipo, Indiana