Kevin Durant and Joe Johnson named Players of the Week

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson have been named the Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the games played Mar. 17-23.

Image: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Image: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant put forward his latest claim for this season’s MVP award after an incredible three game stretch that earned him Western Conference Player of the Week honours.

Durant carried the Thunder to a 3-0 record for the week (all road victories), averaging a league-leading 40.3 points per game, adding 11.7 rebounds (fourth in the Western Conference) and 6.0 assists (10th) for good measure. During his three-game week, Durant also shot 51.4% from the field and 54.2% from deep.

The MVP front-runner scored at least 35 points, grabbed at least 11 boards and dish at least five assists in each game, capping off the week with a 51-point, 12-rebound, seven-assist performance against the Toronto Raptors, nailing a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game in double overtime.

The award marks the sixth time Durant has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week this season – the most of any player this season – and his 18th selection for the award of his career.

Check out a recap of Durant’s three games below:

Mar. 17 @ Chicago: 35 points (11-21 FG, 3-4 3FG and 10-12 FT), 12 rebounds and five assists in a 97-85 win.

Mar. 20 @ Cleveland: 35 points (12-21 FG, 3-8 3FG and 8-9 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists and one block in a 102-95 win.

Mar. 21 @ Toronto: 51 points (15-32 FG, 7-12 3FG and 14-19 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in a 119-118 double overtime win.


Image: Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY Sports

Image: Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time this season after averaging 22.0 points (seventh in the Eastern Conference), 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while shooting 54.1% from the floor and 58.3% from beyond the arc during a four-game week.

Over that four-game schedule, Johnson helped the resurgent Nets to a 4-0 record, scoring at least 19 points in each game and hitting 14 threes over the four games.

This is the seventh Player of the Week award of Johnson’s career, his first as a Net.

Check out a recap of Johnson’s week below:

Mar. 17 vs Phoenix: 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3FG and 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in a 108-95 win.

Mar. 19 vs Charlotte: 20 points (8-18 FG, 3-7 3FG and 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in a 104-99 win.

Mar. 21 vs Boston: 27 points (10-16 FG, 6-8 3FG and 1-1 FT), two rebounds and four assists in a 114-98 win.

Mar. 23 @ Dallas: 22 points (8-16 FG, 2-4 3FG and 4-5 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block in a 104-107 win.

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