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"I don't think we took them lightly," Harden said. "I just don't think we had energy." Griffin, who also had a triple-double on Saturday, has three this postseason. "Blake was just sensational," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I got on him because ... he stopped looking to score and I told him at one point, 'We need you to do everything,' and he did it.'" Harden scored five straight points after the Clippers took their big lead, but Houston couldn't do much after that and fans started heading for the exits with about two minutes left. USA Today Sports

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Long before Rockets guard James Harden went from MVP candidate to runner-up, he insisted the award would be nice, maybe even a dream, but not a goal. With Golden State guard Stephen Curry officially named the runaway winner of the 2014-15 MVP, Harden said Monday he still had other things in mind. “It’s tough, but in the second round of the playoffs, I have better things to worry about,” Harden said. “That’s the Clippers, a very good team that’s coming in. It didn’t work out, but there’s more of the season to continue to play. That (the pursuit of a championship) is what it’s all about. Obviously, an individual award, the MVP is something amazing, but we have a great opportunity in this locker room. I’m not going to let that, one little, individual award affect what we have going on in this locker room. We still have a great season to play and some great games ahead of us.” Houston Chronicle

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award Monday, beating out Houston's James Harden in a race that turned out not to be that close. Curry received 100 of 130 first-place votes for a total of 1,198 points from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters, along with the fan vote on the NBA's website. Harden had 25 first-place votes and 936 points. Cleveland's LeBron James, a four-time MVP, got five first-place votes and 552 points. USA Today Sports

Harden was second in the NBA scoring race to Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, leading the Rockets through an injury-filled season to 56 wins, the Southwest Division championship, and the second seed in the Western Conference. Harden was flattered to be considered but is more driven to chase postseason success. "My name being in the conversation is a blessing and an honor," he said. "I'm not worrying about it. I am worried about doing the right things. It would be a great honor - something I dreamed of as a kid. I think every kid dreams that: to be the MVP of the NBA." Houston Chronicle

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After being informed of Carlisle's comments, Howard reacted by turning to teammate James Harden and mouthing, "Wow, really." Howard, who grabbed a career-playoff-high 26 rebounds in the game, then offered a politically correct response to the question. "It's a long series, and my job is to be dominant in the paint and just do my best," Howard said. "I don't think about it when I'm out there. I just go out there and play." ESPN.com

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