Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul named NBA Player of the Week

March 23, 2015

The National Basketball Association today announced that Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul has been named Western Conference Player of the Week. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat was the Eastern Conference winner.

Paul powered the Clippers to a 4-0 week, posting three double-doubles and scoring at least 30 points twice. He ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring (26.0 ppg) and second in the West in assists (11.3 apg).  Paul totaled 45 assists and just seven turnovers in the four games, and was also an NBA-best +71 points while on the court.

CP3 had 30 points and 11 assists in a 116-105 victory against the Sacramento Kings on March 18, and two nights later against Washington, the All-Star point guard collected 30 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, and a steal while committing just one turnover in a 113-99 win. Paul is one of only 14 players since 1985-86 to record 30+ points and 15+ assists without turning the ball over more than once.

In another important game for playoff seeding, Paul had 23 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals in a 107-100 win over New Orleans on Mar. 22.

Paul is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 18.5 points, 10 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He leads the NBA in assists (10.1) and assist/turnover ratio (4.24), while ranking 7th in steals (1.87).

Meanwhile, Wade led the Heat to a 3-1 week, averaging 24.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.25 steals. He shot 53.2 percent from the field, including a 13-of-18 performance during a 32-point outing in a 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 16. The All-Star guard also scored 32 points and added six assists in a 108-104 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 18.

Here is a recap of the week for Wade and Paul:

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers  
March 18 @ Sacramento: Scored 30 points and added 11 assists in a 116-105 win over the Kings.
March 20 vs. Washington: Posted 30 points, 15 assists and six rebounds in a 113-99 win against the Wizards.
March 22 vs. New Orleans: Collected 23 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals in a 107-100 victory over the Pelicans.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

March 16 vs. Cleveland: Scored 32 points (on 13-of-18 shooting from the field) and added five steals in a 106-92 win against the Cavaliers.
March 18 vs. Portland: Recorded 32 points, six assists and four rebounds in a 108-104 victory over the Trail Blazers.
March 20 vs. Denver: Finished with 22 points and four assists in a 108-91 win over the Nuggets.

Other nominees were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Detroit’s Reggie Jackson, Houston’s James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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