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2018 NBA AWARDS: Kelly Rowland Just Slayed Everything Alive + MVP Winner James Harden Struggles Through Speech + Niecy, Karrueche & Tons More

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Last night was all about the ballers, however, a few celebs who aren't ballers showed up and showed out. Peep red carpet flicks from the 2018 NBA Awards inside...

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The 2nd Annual NBA Awards went down inside Barker Hangar in Santan Monica last night to recognize the top NBA players, teams, coaches and executives for their accomplishments and performances from the 2017-2018 NBA season.

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It was a huge night for Houston Rockets baller James Harden , looking debonair in Neil Barrett suit, as he was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for the work he put in this season. He was up for the award last year, but he ended up losing to OKC Thunder baller Russell Westbrook. Well, this is his year he's the King of the NBA after beating Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans player Anthony Davis.

Since he didn't win last year, it seems the Rockets guard decided against preparing speech this year just in case he didn't win. Maybe he should have at least made some notes because he was stumbling through his speech as he thanked everyone who helped him get to this point.

"Wow. All glory to God man. All glory to God. Wow," he said. It was as if the win was a total shock and he didn't know what exactly to say.

Check it:




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Well look who it is.

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Golden State Warriors player/champion Nick Young brought his kids' mother/former "BBW" star Keonna Green as his date for the evening. The two are back together, and have been for a while. Keonna has posted several flicks of Nick on her IG, singing his praises for being a good father and basketball player. She was also right by his side at the championship game recently.

On a side note, what is Nick wearing?

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Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons, who's rumored to be dating Kendall Jenner, won the Rookie of the Year Award last night, beating out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.

Before the awards show, Ben and Donovan engaged in a little social media beef on whether Ben was eligible for the award since he was drafted as a rookie in 2016. However, when Ben was announced as a winner, it was all love between the two. Check it:





Congrats Ben!

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Phoenix Suns player Tyson Chandler linked up with NBA legend/birthday boy Dikembe Mutombo on the carpet before the retired baller received the Craig Sager Award to celebrate his 18 seasons of greatness in the league. He retired in 2009.

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Not only that, he was also recognized for all of the philanthropy work he has done for his hometown, like building a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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The four-time top defensive player honored the late sports reporter by rocking changing into a blazer that's similar to the funky blazers Craig used to wear.

Peep his inspirational speech below:


Congrats! And Happy Birthday!

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Philadelphia 76ers player Joel Embiid hit the carpet before revealing he's the cover star on NBA Live 19.




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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo flossed in florals before copping this year's Most Improved Player Award. Not only can he ball out on the court, he can also hold a tune. Like, really good. Peep his acceptance speech and listen to him serenade the audience effortlessly below:




You better SANG!

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After appearing on "Celebrity Family Feud" with Steph Curry, Houston Rockets baller Chris Paul got all dressed up in a DZOJCHEN suit for the awards show.



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Legend!  Retired NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was all smiles on the carpet.

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He's hosting everything! "black-ish" star Anthony Anderson was tapped to host this year's event. Drake hosted it last year.

For some fashion...

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Come through Queen Kelly!

Kelly Rowland was breathtaking AF when she stepped out on the carpet in this gorgeous Uel Camilo gown.

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"The Voice Australia" judge joined DJ Khaled on stage to present Ben Simmons with the Rookie of the Year Award.

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"Claws" stars Karrueche and Niecy Nash stepped out looking GOODT to present Minnesota Timberwolves player Jamal Crawford the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award:



They also linked up with Quincy, Wale and The Wopsters while cutting up:


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"Insecure" star Yvonne Orji looked amazing in green on the carpet before presenting Dikembe with his award.

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Slayyyyyyage on a thousand!

Singer Normani was SMOKING hot on the red carpet in this black cut-out gown.

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After hitting the stage with a "woke" performance at the BET Awards, Meek Mill hit the carpet in the same Freedom shirt he rocked at the BET Awards.

After the awards show, the Philly rapper linked up with MVP winner James Harden to party it up at Avenue nightclub. Check it: 

Back on the carpet...

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One of Hip Hop's favorite couples Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir made an appearance.

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And both of their outfits were...interesting.

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"Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams was tapped to present Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant with the NBA Community Assist Award.

Other notables on the carpet...

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Actor Quincy Brown, Shaq's kids Myles and Shaqir O'Neal, "The Real" co-host Adrienne Bailon, DJ Khaled and his queen Nicole Tuck, actor Mack Wilds, rapper 21 Savage, NFLer Von Miller, rapper Killer Mike, actor Pooch Hall, ESPN's Cari Champion, actor Boris Kodjoe, and former Uber executive Bozoma Saint John:

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A few former NBA players also hit the carpet...

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Retired baller Tracy McGrady and his wife Clerenda McGrady served up coupledom vibes.

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Retired NBA baller Baron Davis literally rolled up on the carpet on a scooter.

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Model Damaris Lewis was on hand to pass out trophies to the winning ballers.

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CNN's Angela Rye struck a pose in a flowy gown before heading inside.

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Philadelphia 76ers Amir Johnson was all smiles alongside his girlfriend Daria Marie, her sister Rece Mithcell and her boyfriend/ Los Angeles Clippers player Lou Williams.

The 76ers vet copped the NBA Hustle Award while the Clippers baller won his 2nd Sixth Man of the Year Award. Congrats!

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For some entertainment...

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Rapper/new dad Travis Scott hit the stage to perform.

Peep his trippy performance below:

Congrats to all the winners!

Photos: Getty/Instagram

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