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Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler Named Players Of The Week

Jan 9, 2017 3:07 PM

Stephen Curry and Jimmy Butler have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Jan. 2nd and Jan. 8th.

Butler averaged 38 ppg, 9.3 rpg 6.3 apg for the week, while Curry averaged 31.8 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.5 rpg.

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Joel Embiid, Buddy Hield Named Rookies Of The Month For December

Jan 3, 2017 5:10 PM

Joel Embiid and Buddy Hield have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for December.

Embiid averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 27.3 minutes per game in 10 December games. He scored in double-figures nine times and posted 20 or more points five times, closing out the month with three straight 20-point games to conclude the Sixers’ four-game road trip. All other rookies combined for four 20-point games throughout December.

Hield, 23, led West rookies in scoring (10.6 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.478) and topped all first-year players in three-pointers made (33).  The 6-4 guard scored in double figures nine times in 16 games, including 12 or more points in each of the final three games of December (a 3-0 stretch for New Orleans).  On Dec. 15, Hield set career-highs with 21 points and five three-pointers in a 102-95 victory against the Indiana Pacers.

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James Harden, John Wall Named Players Of The Month For December

Jan 3, 2017 3:10 PM

James Harden and John Wall have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December.

Harden averaged 28.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 12 assists as Rockets went 15-2.

Wall led the Eastern Conference in assists per game at 10.7 (second in the NBA during December) while averaging 24.5 points (fifth in the East and 10th in the NBA), 4.4 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.67 steals per game. He is currently the only player in the NBA this season to average at least 23.0 points, 10.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals and is one of only three guards in the league to average a point-assist double-double.

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John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Jan 2, 2017 5:47 PM

John Wall and James Harden have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1.

Wall led the Wizards to a 3-0 week, with all three victories coming at home, where Washington has won eight consecutive games. He averaged 24.3 points (eighth in the East), an NBA-leading 13.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.67 steals (second in the East) for the week. After opening the week with 18 points and a season-high 16 assists in a 107-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 26, Wall recorded 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 111-105 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 28.

Harden lifted the Rockets to a 4-0 week by leading the NBA in scoring (37.3 ppg), ranking second in the league in assists (12.5 apg) and finishing tied for eighth in the West in rebounding (9.8 rpg). In addition to shooting 56.0 percent from the field, 45.9 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent from the free throw line, Harden scored 30 or more points and handed out at least 10 assists in all four games.

The 27-year-old Houston guard closed the week with back-to-back triple-doubles, including a historic performance in a 129-122 victory against the New York Knicks on Dec. 31, when Harden scored a career-high 53 points, equaled a career best with 17 assists and grabbed a Rockets-season-high 16 rebounds. Harden became the first player in NBA history to have at least 50 points, 15 assists and 15 rebounds in a game, and he tied Wilt Chamberlain (1968) for the most points in a triple-double.

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Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 26, 2016 5:56 PM

Isaiah Thomas and Russell Westbrook have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 25.

Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring (33.3 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (7.3 apg) as the Celtics went 3-1, with all three wins coming on the road. He scored a career-high 44 points, including 36 in the second half, in a 112-109 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20. Thomas shot 48.8 percent from the field and 90.7 percent (39-for-43) from the free throw line for the week. He matched his season high with 10 assists in a 117-112 loss to the Thunder on Dec. 23.

Westbrook led the Thunder to a 3-1 week, averaging a league-high 41.0 points, 10.0 assists and 9.8 rebounds. He became only the third player in history to log three straight games with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, joining Elgin Baylor, who did it twice, and Wilt Chamberlain. Westbrook notched his league-leading 14th triple-double of the season with 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Oklahoma City’s win over the Celtics. It was his sixth career triple-double with at least 40 points, placing him third all-time behind Oscar Robertson (22) and Chamberlain (seven).   

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