Embiid, Harden named NBA Players of the Week

NBA.com Global on Feb 13, 2018 07:54 AM
Embiid, Harden named NBA Players of the Week
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Philadelphia 76ers press release

PHILADELPHIA — The NBA announced today that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, Feb. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 11 (Feb. 6,12, PHL time). The honor is the second for Embiid this season after earning the designation for games played between Jan. 15-21, 2018 (Jan. 16-22, PHL time). It’s the third time he has received the recognition in his two-year career.

Embiid is one of five Eastern Conference All-Stars to be recognized multiple times. Only Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan has earned it three times. The last 76er to win the award twice in a season was Andre Miller in 2007-08. Embiid is one of just four players to earn the recognition multiple times, joining Miller, Allen Iverson and Charles Barkley.

Embiid led the 76ers to a 3-0 week with wins over Washington, New Orleans and the L.A. Clippers, all teams over .500. He posted averages of 26.7 points, 15.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game while shooting .484 from the field. The 76ers won seven straight home games, dating back to Jan. 15; it is the team's longest home winning streak since the 2007-08 season.

The Cameroon native has tallied at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in four consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 3 (Feb. 4, PHL time) at Indiana, for his second such streak this season (Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, PHL time). Embiid, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the only players this season to string together multiple such four-game streaks. Embiid is the first 76er to put together a four-game 20-10 streak since Clarence Weatherspoon from Feb. 23, 1994 – March 3, 1994.

In total, Embiid has posted 20 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He is one of six NBA players to have 20 or more such games, joining All-Stars Cousins, Davis, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook. The last Philadelphia player to record at least 20 such games was Chris Webber in 2005-06.

Embiid has recorded eight straight double-doubles, dating back to Jan. 26 (Jan. 27, PHL time). The seven-footer is just the sixth NBA player this season to post a double-double in eight consecutive games. Overall, Embiid has a team-leading 28 double-doubles this season.

This season, Embiid, who was named an All-Star starter on Jan. 18 (Jan. 19, PHL time), is averaging 23.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. His averages in points, rebounds and blocks all rank within the top 15 of NBA players. Embiid is one of two Eastern Conference players, and one of five league-wide, averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, joining Antetokounmpo. He is on pace to become the first 76ers player to post such averages for a full season since Barkley in 1991-92.

The University of Kansas product holds career averages of 22.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.21 blocks and was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Houston Rockets press release

HOUSTON – Today, the NBA announced that James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 11 (Week 17, Feb. 6-12, PHL time). It is the second straight week Harden has won the award, the fifth time this season, and the 18th time in his career.

The Rockets have won eight in a row, including 4-0 for the week. In those four games, Harden averaged 33.0 points, 6.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.25 steals while also hitting 18 3-pointers on 39.1 percent shooting.

Harden scored at least 27 points in all four games for the week, including 41 on the second night of a back-to-back at Miami on Feb. 7 (Feb. 8, PHL time). He has scored 40-plus points twice as many times (8) as any other player in the league this season.

For the season, Harden leads the NBA in scoring with 31.3 ppg while ranking tied for second in assists with 8.9 apg. He finished second in the league in scoring and first in assists last season. Harden is on pace to join Michael Jordan (1988-89) as the only players to have averaged at least 30.0 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.0 rpg, and 1.70 spg in a single season since steals became an official statistic in 1973-74.

Harden is also averaging a career-high 4.1 3-pointers made on 38.1 percent shooting this season. His 195 3FGM are the third-most by a player through the first 55 games of a season in NBA history.

Since the start of January, Harden is averaging 1.77 steals and 1.15 blocks. He ranks ninth in the NBA in steals overall this season (1.79 spg).

The Rockets have won 15 of their past 17 games and have the most wins (42) through the first 55 games of a season in franchise history. Houston is 26-1 when Harden, Clint Capela, and Chris Paul play together, with the Rockets outscoring opponent by an average of 13.9 points in those games.

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