Wall and Harden named Players of the Week

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James Harden (2)The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, March 2.

 

Wall led the Wizards to a 3-0 week, behind averages of 25.0 points (seventh in the conference), 10.7 assists (tied for first in the league) and 2.0 steals. Wall shot .592 (29-of-49) from the field and .813 (13-of-16) from the foul line. He tallied 17 points and handed out 16 assists on March 1, during a 122-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

Harden led the Rockets to a 2-1 week behind averages of 27.0 points (tied for third in the conference), 7.7 assists (fifth in the conference) and 2.0 steals. He tallied 22 first-quarter points en route to a game-high 43 on Feb. 25, during a 129-103 win over the Kings. Harden closed the week by posting a 20-point, 12-assist, three-steal effort during a 118-110 win over the Detroit Pistons.

 

Here is a recap of the week for Wall and Harden:

 

John Wall, Washington Wizards

Feb. 25 vs. Orlando: Posted 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds during a 115-106 win over the Magic.

Feb. 27 @ Toronto: Tallied 31 points and added nine assists, three rebounds and three steals in a 134-129 win over the Raptors.

March 1 @ Philadelphia: Scored 17 points and added 16 assists and two steals in a 122-103 win over the Sixers.


James Harden, Houston Rockets

Feb. 25 @ Sacramento: Scored 43 points (including 15-of-16 from the foul line) and added eight assists and three steals in a 129-103 win over the Kings.

Feb. 26 @ L.A. Clippers: Tallied 18 points and added six rebounds and three assists during a 101-93 loss to the Clippers.

March 1 vs. Detroit: Posted 20 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and three steals in a 118-110 win over the Pistons.

 

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Indiana’s Lance Stephenson, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Miami’s LeBron James, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, and Washington’s Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat.

Durant Named Player of the Week for Fifth Time This Season

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Kevin DurantThe Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 9.

It is the fifth time Durant has won the award this season.

Durant and Millsap Named Players of the Week

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KevinDurantSH1NEW YORK — The Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 26.

Millsap led the Hawks to a 3-1 week behind averages of 21.3 points (ninth in the conference) on .508 shooting from the field, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.5 steals (fifth in the conference) and 2.0 blocks (fourth in the conference).

Millsap collected five blocks in a road win over the Orlando Magic on Jan. 22, and filled the stat sheet with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists on Jan. 20, in a win over the Miami Heat.

Durant led Oklahoma City to three wins during a 4-0 week, having missed the 101-83 win over the Celtics on Jan. 24 (shoulder). He averaged a league-leading 38.0 ppg and added 8.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists.

Durant collected a triple-double with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists during a 103-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 25.

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Here is a recap of the week for Millsap and Durant:

Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks

Jan. 20 vs. Miami: Scored 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and added seven rebounds and four assists in a 121-114 win over the Heat.
Jan. 22 @ Orlando: Collected 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals in a 112-109 win over the Magic.
Jan. 25 @ Milwaukee: Tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 112-87 win over the Bucks.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Jan. 21 vs. Portland: Scored 46 points and added five rebounds and four assists during a 105-97 win over the Trail Blazers.
Jan. 22 @ San Antonio: Tallied 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 111-105 win over the Spurs.
Jan. 25 @ Philadelphia: Notched a triple-double with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a 103-91 win over the 76ers.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn’s Mirza Teletovic, Charlotte’s Al Jefferson, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, Miami’s Chris Bosh and LeBron James, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross.

Durant and George named Players of the Week

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Kevin DurantNEW YORK — The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 19.

George helped the Pacers to a 3-0 week, with all three victories coming at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, behind a conference-best 30.7 ppg.

George posted two games of 30-plus points as Indiana outscored opponents by an average of 20 ppg. He collected 36 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field on Jan. 18, during a 106-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pacers own the league’s best record at 32-7 (.821), and sport an NBA-best 21-1 (.955) record at home.

Durant led the Thunder to a 3-1 week, which included wins over Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. He averaged a league-best 39.3 points, and added 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He tallied a career-high 54 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the field on Jan. 17, during the Thunder’s 127-121 win over the Warriors. Durant, who leads the NBA in scoring at 30.6 ppg, has tallied 30-plus points in seven consecutive contests.

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Here is a recap of the week for George and Durant:

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Jan. 14 vs. Sacramento: Scored 31 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field during a 116-92 win over the Kings.
Jan. 16 vs. New York: Collected 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists in a 117-89 win over the Knicks.
Jan. 18 vs. L.A. Clippers: Tallied 36 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-6 from distance, and added six rebounds and three steals during a 106-92 win over the Clippers.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Jan. 14 @ Memphis: Connected on 15-of-28 field goals en route to 37 points in a 90-87 loss to the Grizzlies.
Jan. 16 @ Houston: Scored 36 points and added seven assists and five rebounds in a 104-92 win over the Rockets.
Jan. 17 vs. Golden State: Tallied a career-high 54 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the field during a 127-121 win over the Warriors.
Jan. 19 vs. Sacramento: Collected 30 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 108-93 win over the Kings.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte’s Al Jefferson, Cleveland’s Luol Deng, Houston’s Terrence Jones, Indiana’s Lance Stephenson, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Miami’s Chris Bosh and LeBron James, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Washington’s John Wall.

Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge named Players of the Week

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and the Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 15.

Irving helped the Cavaliers to a 2-1 week with averages of 29.0 points (fourth in the league), 6.3 assists (tied for fifth in the conference) and 2.33 steals (tied for third in the conference). Irving, who connected on 9-of-22 (.409) three-point field goals on the week, made 4-of-7 from distance en route to 37 points on Dec. 10 — a game in which he added 11 assists — as Cleveland topped the New York Knicks 109-94.

Aldridge, who captured his third Player of the Week award this season and second consecutive, led the Trail Blazers to a 4-0 week behind averages of 25.5 points (eighth in the league), a league-best 14.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocks. He led Portland in scoring in each game and posted three point-rebound double-doubles, including a 31-point, 25-rebound effort on Dec. 12, during a 111-104 win over the Houston Rockets. At 21-4 (.840), Portland sits atop the Western Conference standings.

 

Here is a recap of the week for Irving and Aldridge:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Dec. 10 vs. New York: Scored 37 points and added 11 assists in a 109-94 win over the Knicks.

Dec. 13 @ Orlando: Posted 31 points and added five assists in a 109-100 win over the Magic.

Dec. 14 @ Miami: Collected 19 points, four steals and three assists during a 114-107 loss to the Heat.

 

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers 

Dec. 12 vs. Houston: Collected 31 points and 25 rebounds in a 111-104 win over the Rockets.

Dec. 14 @ Philadelphia: Totaled 20 points, 16 rebounds and five assists during a 139-105 win over the 76ers.

Dec. 15 @ Detroit: Posted 27 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a 111-109 overtime win against the Pistons.

 

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, Miami’s LeBron James, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.