Beal, Williams named NBA Players of the Week

NBA.com Global on Jan 03, 2018 07:31 AM
Beal, Williams named NBA Players of the Week
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Washington Wizards press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NBA announced today that Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 25, through Sunday, December 31 (Dec. 26-Jan. 1, PHL time). The five-year pro averaged 26.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting .467 from the field and .387 from three-point range to lead Washington to a 3-1 record.

The Wizards defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics on Christmas Day (111-103), posted a 121-103 win over the Houston Rockets and concluded with a 114-110 New Year’s Eve win against the surging Chicago Bulls, who entered the contest winners of 10 of their previous 12 games.

Beal had a 25-point, eight rebound effort at Boston on December 25. He followed with a 20-point and six-rebound outing at Atlanta on December 27 (Dec. 28, PHL time) and then recorded 21 points versus Houston on December 29 (Dec. 30, PHL time). He capped off his week with 39 points (including hitting a career-high-tying seven threes), nine rebounds and career-high-tying nine assists versus Chicago on December 31 (Jan. 1, PHL time), where he scored 15-consecutive points in the fourth period to help the Wizards secure the win.

In the game against the Bulls, Beal became just the sixth player in NBA history and first this season to record a stat line of at least 39 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and seven made threes in a game. He is also one of two players in the NBA this season to record a 39+-point, 9+ rebound and 9+ assist night and the first Wizard to do so since 1995 and accounted for 30 percent of the team’s scoring during the week.

On the season, Beal is averaging 23.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists (all career-highs).

LA Clippers press release

The National Basketball Association today announced that L.A. Clippers guard Lou Williams has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 11 (games played Dec. 26-Jan. 1, PHL time).

Williams won his second career Player of the Week award by helping the Clippers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 28.0 points and 4.7 assists and shooting splits of 50 percent from the field, 48 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the free-throw line in 31.4 minutes. He reached the 40-point mark for the fourth time in his career in leading the Clippers to a 106-98 win over the Hornets on New Year’s Eve (Jan. 1, PHL time), the largest scoring effort by any reserve since Williams last scored 40 off the bench on Dec. 5, 2016 vs. Utah as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now in his 13th NBA season, Williams is averaging career-highs in points (21.4), assists (4.8), three-point percentage (40.8%) and minutes (31.2) this season. He is currently the NBA’s leading bench scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game as a reserve, the highest scoring average of any bench player since Ricky Pierce averaged 23.0 points per game as a reserve in 1989-90.

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