Russell Westbrook first MVP from sub-50 win team since 1981-82

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Best Style & Game Winner Award winner Russell Westbrook poses in the press room at the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 on Monday

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook put the finishing touch on a magical season by being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday at the NBA's inaugural awards show.

He made yet another history in the National Basketball Association as he hit a record high triple-double of 57 points, 11 assist and 13 rebounds in their game against Orlando Magic.

With the departure of Kevin Durant to Golden State, Westbrook was forced to carry a huge load for the Thunder this season. For as much criticism he has caught about his role in Durant leaving, he has more than held his own on the court this past year. He set an National Basketball Association single-season record for most 3-pointers off the bench, helping the high-scoring Rockets make more shots behind the arc than any team in history.

Westbrook defeated fellow finalists James Harden of Houston and Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio to claim the season MVP award for the first time in ceremonies at NY.

" Obviously, it was an surprising season for me but without these guys and the rest of ours who are not here, nothing would be possible", Westbrook said.

Draymond Green (L) poses with the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and Russell Westbrook (R) poses with the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player award at the 2017 NBA Awards on June 26, 2017 in NY.

Durant played the best basketball of his career when he won the 2017 NBA Finals MVP award and playing on a team with three other All-Stars has helped him reach new heights.

Earlier, Milwaukee's Malcolm Brogdon became the first player not picked in the first round to win NBA Rookie of the Year in the common draft era, beating out Philadelphia's Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

"My attractive wife. Since day one, meeting you, 2007 back at UCLA, I knew you were special", he said. I was very upset, and you said, if you remember correctly, you said 'You just have to shake it off.' And I got an idea.

In his first season coming off the bench, Gordon set a single-season record with 206 3-pointers by a reserve.

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