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Kevin Durant, LeBron James named NBA Players of the Week

Kevin Durant has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time this season. Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 3-1 record last week while averaged 28.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

Durant helped the Thunder to a come from behind 92-90 victory in Detroit on Nov. 12. He had 26 points and nine rebounds.

Durant scored 34 points to go with 10 rebounds as the Thunder lost to the Grizzlies 107-97 two nights later.

Durant had 27 on 9-of-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds as the Thunder easily beat the Hornets 110-95 Friday night.

Durant capped off the week with his first career triple-double in a 119-109 win over the Warriors Sunday night. He tallied 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists.

LeBron James took home Player of the Week honors in the Eastern Conference. He also led the Heat to a 3-1 record while averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.

After somewhat of a slow start, Durant looks to be catching back up to LeBron statistically as the two will most likely make up a two-man race for the MVP this season.

Durant is averaging 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game so far this season. He’s shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 46.9 percent from three. He’s fourth in the league in PER among players who have played at least seven games this year, behind only LeBron, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

LeBron is also averaging 24.5 points per game so far this season to go with 9.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists. He’s shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from downtown. LeBron is essentially leading the league in PER at 29.15 with only injured Kyle Lowry who has played just four games this year ahead of him.

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