The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 2.
Anthony helped lead the Knicks to a 3-1 mark, averaging a league-best 29.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Anthony scored over 30 points in two contests. In New York’s 106-99 home victory over the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 2, Anthony scored a game-high 34 points, and added six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
Durant guided the Thunder to a 4-0 week on the strength of 25.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.5 bpg. He shot .607 (34-of-56) from the field, .462 (6-of-13) from beyond the arc, and .897 (26-of-29) from the charity stripe. Durant scored a season-high 37 points in the Thunder’s 120-98 win over the Houston Rockets on Nov. 28.
Here is a recap of the week for Anthony and Durant:
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Nov. 26 at Brooklyn: Recorded a 35-point, 13-rebound double-double in a 96-89 overtime loss to the Nets.
Nov. 28 at Milwaukee: Tallied 29 points and rebounds in a 102-88 win at Milwaukee.
Nov. 30 vs. Washington: Contributed 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 108-87 victory over the Wizards.
Dec. 2 vs. Phoenix: Posted 34 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 106-99 win over the Suns.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nov. 26 vs. Charlotte: Notched 18 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a 114-69 triumph over the Bobcats.
Nov. 28 vs. Houston: Scored a season-high 37 points to go along with seven rebounds in a 120-98 win over the Rockets.
Nov. 30 vs. Utah: Recorded 25 points and four blocks in a 106-94 victory over the Jazz.
Dec. 1 @ New Orleans: Posted 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 100-79 defeat of the Hornets.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Golden State’s David Lee, Houston’s Patrick Patterson, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Miami’s LeBron James, Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders and New York’s Tyson Chandler.