James Harden has presented his case. Stephen Curry, please address the room.

"I feel as though I am the MVP," the Rockets shooting guard told NBA.com. "I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league and we are. I'm not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. But I've been consistent all year. I've just been doing the right things to put m

y team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we've had to deal with."

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Harden is locked in one of the tightest NBA MVP battles in recent memory, with he and Curry atop a five- or six-man field. Certainly, he has his case: NBA's leading scorer, No. 1 in several advanced statistics, playing a huge role for a team tied for the third-best record in the league.

But Curry is the best player on the best team, which the Warriors have been all year. He broke his own single-season three-pointers record Thursday night and has been the key cog as Golden State tries to be the rare team to lead the NBA in defensive and offensive efficiency.

For a refresher course on the numbers:

    Harden: 27.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 36.9 minutes a game, with a .607 true shooting percentage, a 26.9 Player Efficiency Rating and 15.8 Win Shares (via basketball-reference).Curry: 23.9 points, 7.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 32.8 minutes a game, with a .637 true shooting percentage, a 27.9 Player Efficiency Rating and 15.2 Win Shares.

    In short, it's ridiculously close.

    Harden absolutely has a right to make his case. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey certainly has been via Twitter. Even rival All-Star Blake Griffin of the Clippers recently said he'd pick Harden.

    Curry and the Warriors have been a bit more quiet, allowing their booming fan base to do the work.

    "I'm looking at all those things put together," Harden said. "Like I said, not taking away from Steph or that team. It's an unbelievable season that they're having. But we're having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we've been going through this season.

    "Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge."