Dwight Howard’s stellar offensive start has not gone unnoticed. The Orlando Magic center has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced on Monday afternoon.
Howard averaged 23.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in three Magic victories during the week. On Wednesday versus the Timberwolves, Howard set a Magic franchise record for most blocked shots in a quarter with six, breaking his previous record of five in a quarter.
Chris Paul is the West’s player of the week. Paul averaged 17.3 points, 11 assists and 3.7 steals, including 13 points, 19 assists and five steals in a victory over the Miami Heat. Paul has led the Hornets to 6-0, the best start in franchise history.
Here is a recap of the week for Howard and Paul, per the NBA:
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Nov. 3 vs. Minnesota: Posted 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks in a 128-86 win over the Timberwolves.
Nov. 5 vs. New Jersey: Tallied 30 points and 16 rebounds in a 105-90 win over the Nets.
Nov. 6 @ Charlotte: Scored 22 points and added eight rebounds in a 91-88 win over the Bobcats.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Nov. 3 @ Houston: Tallied 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals in a 107-99 win over the Rockets.
Nov. 5 vs. Miami: Posted 13 points, 19 assists, and five steals in the Hornets’ 96-93 win over the Heat.
Nov. 6 @ Milwaukee: Scored 14 points and added nine rebounds and six assists during an 87-81 win over the Bucks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week include Philadelphia’s Elton Brand, New York’s Toney Douglas, Atlanta’s Al Horford and Josh Smith, San Antonio’s Richard Jefferson, Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, New Orleans’ Emeka Okafor, Phoenix’s Jason Richardson, Houston’s Luis Scola, and Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace.
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