Middleton, Curry named NBA Players of the Week

NBA.com Global on Jan 30, 2018 07:42 AM
Middleton, Curry named NBA Players of the Week
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Milwaukee Bucks press release

Khris Middleton has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Week 15, the NBA announced today. This is Middleton’s first Player of the Week honor of his career.

Middleton averaged 25.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 63.8 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range from Jan. 22-28 (from Jan. 23-29, PHL time), helping the Bucks to a perfect 3-0 record. On the season, Middleton is averaging career-highs in points (20.4), rebounds (5.3) and assists (4.3) per game while shooting a career-high 46.8 percent from the field. In his sixth NBA season, Middleton is one of just four players in the Eastern Conference in 2017-18 averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the season.

Golden State Warriors press release

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the Week 15 Western Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced today. The award is the second Player of the Week honor of the season for Curry and his 12th career weekly recognition.

Curry helped lead the Warriors to a 3-0 week, capped off by a season-high 49-point performance vs. Boston on Jan. 27 (Jan. 29, PHL time), the sixth-highest scoring output of his career. On Jan. 25 (Jan. 26, PHL time), Curry became the fifth player in franchise history to reach the 14,000-point mark for his career, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin. For the week, he averaged 35.3 points (2nd in the NBA), 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 35.7 minutes per game, hitting 59.6 percent from the field and 56.8 percent from three-point range (21-of-37 3FG).

The Warriors own an NBA-best record of 40-10 (.800) and lead the league in scoring (116.0), assists per game (30.6), field goal percentage (.509) and three-point percentage (.396). Curry leads the Warriors this season with 28.1 points per game (third in the NBA) to go with 6.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 33.1 minutes over 35 games, hitting 49.8 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent from the free throw line.

The award marks the 50th time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979 and the third award this season (Durant – Week 8, Curry – Week 12).

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