As expected, the debate over Stephen Curry and James Harden for the NBA's Most Valuable Player resulted in a close vote. As expected, the Golden State Warriors' star splashed his way to winning.
Curry was officially named the MVP for the 2014-15 season, the league announced on Monday. The sweet-shooting guard received 100 of 130 first-place votes. Harden, the Houston Rockets' top scorer, finished second in the voting and received 25 first-place vote. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, a four-time MVP, came in third and received the remaining five first-place votes.
Curry finished with 1,198 total points in the voting process -- 262 more than Harden. He helped the Warriors win a franchise-record 67 games by averaging 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 2.04 steals. Part of the "Splash Brothers" with fellow perimeter shooting threat Klay Thompson, Curry broke his own NBA record with 286 made 3-pointers. Golden State is the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and favorite to win the NBA title.
The debate between the two guards boiled down to whether Curry being the best player on a great team trumped the high-scoring Harden carrying the Rockets to a second place finish in the West. Harden finished second in the NBA with 27.4 points per game.
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, the league's top scorer during the regular season, and New Orleans big man Anthony Davis rounded out the top 5 in voting followed by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul.
Wizards All-Star John Wall was not one of 12 players to receive a vote.
Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five points for each third-place vote, three points for each fourth-place vote and one point for each fifth-place vote.