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Stephen Curry wins MVP with 100 of 130 first-place votes, but James Harden closest second place in four years

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of Game 1 in a second-round NBA playoff basketball series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


We knew Stephen Curry would win NBA MVP, but we didn’t know how close the race would be.

The Warriors guard bested James Harden by more than one ballot.

Curry took 100 of 130 first-place votes. Second-place James Harden had 25, and third-place LeBron James took the other five. Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Chris Paul rounded out the final six major candidates.

Harden showed on 129 of 130 ballots, which allowed the Rockets guard to be the closest second-place finisher in points since LeBron James topped Kevin Durant in 2012.

Here’s the full voting with player, team (first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, fourth-place votes, fifth-place votes, points):

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State (100-26-3-0-1-1,198)
  • James Harden, Houston (25-87-13-4-0-936)
  • LeBron James, Cleveland (5-12-62-32-12-552)
  • Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (0-5-33-41-29-352)
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans (0-0-9-35-53-203)
  • Chris Paul, L.A. (0-0-10-15-29-124)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland (0-0-0-1-3-6)
  • Marc Gasol, Memphis (0-0-0-1-0-3)
  • Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (0-0-0-1-0-3)
  • Tim Duncan, San Antonio (0-0-0-0-1-1)
  • Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio (0-0-0-0-1-1)
  • Klay Thompson, Golden State (0-0-0-0-1-1)