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Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Week


With little surprise, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday March 17 through Sunday March 23.

During that week of action, Durant led the Thunder to a 3-0 road record with wins over the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Durant scored 121 points, grabbed 35 rebounds and dished out 18 assists for incredible weekly averages of 40.3ppg, 11.7rpg and 6apg while shooting 51.4% FG and 54.2% from 3pt range.

The highlight for the week was certainly the 51 point performance and game winning three point basket against the Toronto Raptors, but the entire week was worth watching. He score 35 points against the Bulls and the Cavs and added double figure rebounds in all three outings.

It is yet another string to the bow of Durant who many feel should be the leagues Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career.

Durant beat out a number of other nominees for the award including former teammate James Harden from the Houston Rockets, as well as New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph, DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings and Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs.

The Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson won the award for the Eastern Conference.

We can expect more heroics from Durant as the season heads towards the playoffs. The Thunder will be resting Russell Westbrook through certain games over the last fortnight of the season which just gives Durant all the more opportunity to impress and finish off his career season in style and to keep making the case for the MVP award. It looks likely that he will collect his fourth scoring title this year also.

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