Hawks’ Al Horford, Spurs’ Tim Duncan named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Horford led the Hawks to a 4-0 week, averaging 16.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He recorded a career-high 10 assists on Nov. 21 as Atlanta topped the Washington Wizards 101-100. Horford’s 26-point, 13-rebound double-double in a 101-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Nov. 23 helped the Hawks to improve their road record to 4-2, tops in the conference.

Duncan helped the Spurs to a 3-1 week with averages of 22.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks. He posted three consecutive point-rebound double-doubles in games against the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. Duncan’s lone game last week without a double-double still showed a balanced stat line of 26 points, six assists, five rebounds and three blocks as the Spurs bested the Raptors 111-106 on Nov. 25 – a game in which Duncan recorded his 2,500th career block.

Here is a recap of the week for Horford and Duncan:

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

Nov. 19 vs. Orlando: Posted 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists in an 81-72 win over the Magic.

Nov. 21 vs. Washington: Tallied 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 101-100 overtime victory over the Wizards.

Nov. 23 @ Charlotte: Collected 26 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 101-91 win against the Bobcats.

Nov. 24 vs. L.A. Clippers: Contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 104-93 win over the Clippers.

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Nov. 19 vs. L.A. Clippers: Notched 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 92-87 loss to the Clippers.

Nov. 21 @ Boston: Totaled 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in a 112-100 win over the Celtics.

Nov. 23 @ Indiana: Tallied 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 104-97 win over the Pacers.

Nov. 25 @ Toronto: Posted 26 points, six assists, five rebounds and three blocks as San Antonio collected its’ third consecutive road win, 111-106 over the Raptors.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions, Denver’s Andre Iguodala, Houston’s Chandler Parsons, Memphis’ Rudy Gay, Miami’s Chris Bosh and LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans.