The Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 6, through Sunday, April 12.
Thomas led the Celtics to a 3-0 week, which included a pair of wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and one win over the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 22.7 points (fourth in the conference), 5.7 assists (10th in the conference), and 2.7 rebounds. Thomas poured in a season-high 34 points on 10-of-17 shooting, and added six assists during a 113-103 win over the Pistons on April 8.
Duncan helped the streaking Spurs to a 4-0 week, extending their winning streak to 11 games. He averaged 17.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.5 steals. Duncan tallied three rejections on April 10, including a block on Houston Rockets guard James Harden with 2.9 seconds remaining that sealed a 104-103 victory for San Antonio.
Here is a recap of the week for Thomas and Duncan:
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
April 8 @ Detroit: Tallied a season-high 34 points and added six assists in a 113-103 win over the Pistons.
April 10 @ Cleveland: Posted 17 points, five assists and three rebounds during a 99-90 win over the Cavaliers.
April 12 vs. Cleveland: Contributed 17 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals in a 117-78 win over the Cavaliers.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
April 7 @ Oklahoma City: Posted 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four blocks during a 113-88 win over the Thunder.
April 10 @ Houston: Scored 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting, and added 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 104-103 win over the Rockets.
April 12 vs. Phoenix: Collected 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in a 107-91 win over the Suns.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Indiana’s C.J. Miles, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams.
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