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Raptors' Bosh, Thunder's Durant named Players of the Week

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Posted Apr 5 2010 2:50PM

NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played March 29 through April 4.

Bosh tied for the league lead in scoring (31.5 ppg) -- 7.2 points higher than his season average -- and added 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals, leading Toronto to a 3-1 record. Bosh had four consecutive point-rebound double-doubles and recorded his ninth career 40-point game (second this season) April 4 against Golden State. On March 31, Bosh tallied 34 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a win over the Clippers. This marks Bosh's second NBA Player of the Week award this season.

Durant led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 record, including a win at Dallas, the team's first win there since 2004. Durant tied Bosh for the league lead in scoring (31.5 ppg), and added averages of 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals (third in the West) and 1.5 blocks, leading the Thunder to its first playoff berth since the 2004-05 season. On April 4, Durant scored 40 points in a win over Minnesota and broke the franchise record for points in a season (2,258), passing Dale Ellis' mark of 2,253 (1989-90). This is Durant's third NBA Player of the Week award this season.

Here is a recap of the week for Bosh and Durant:

Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors

March 29 @ Charlotte: Recorded 22 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in a 103-101 win over the Bobcats.

March 31 vs. L.A. Clippers: Posted 34 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 114-92 win over the Clippers.

April 3 @ Philadelphia: Scored 28 points, and added 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 128-123 win over the Sixers.

April 4 vs. Golden State: Poured in 42 points, to go along with 12 rebounds, five steals and one block in a 113-112 loss to the Warriors.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

March 30 @ Philadelphia: Posted 26 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in a 111-93 win over the Sixers.

March 31 @ Boston: Recorded 37 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 109-104 win over the Celtics.

April 3 @ Dallas: Scored 23 points, and added five rebounds, five assists, five steals and one block in a 121-116 win over the Mavericks.

April 4 vs. Minnesota: Netted 40 points, to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in a 116-108 win over the Timberwolves.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Jamal Crawford, Boston's Rajon Rondo, Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, Cleveland's LeBron James, Miami's Dwyane Wade and San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.

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