James, Paul named NBA Players of the Week

heat small logoFriends, U.S. Olympic teammates and NBA Players of the Week.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers received the league’s weekly honor Monday after both led their teams to perfect records.

James won for the Eastern Conference as Miami went 3-0. In those games, he averaged 25.3 points, 7.7 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 1.67 blocks. He ran his season-long streak of 20-point games to 24, the longest since Utah’s Karl Malone to start the 1989-90 campaign.

James led the Heat in rebounding each game and has not committed a foul in six games.

Paul won for the Western Conference as the Clippers went 4-0 to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games. He averaged 16.3 points and conference highs of 11.3 assists and 3.5 steals.

Paul’s numbers came despite averaging just 31.5 minutes as all four wins came by double digits.

Other nominees included Houston’s James Harden, Indiana’s David West, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Portland’s J.J. Hickson and Toronto’s Jose Calderon.


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