NEW YORK – The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 14.
Wall led the Wizards to one of the East’s two perfect records on the week at 4-0 (the Chicago Bulls were 3-0). He averaged 18.3 points, a league leading 11.8 assists, and tied for second in the conference with 2.5 steals. Wall recorded three point-assist double-doubles, including a 26-point, 17-assist effort on Dec. 8, as the Wizards topped the Boston Celtics 133-132 in double-overtime. The Wizards’ 4-0 week has vaulted them into the second overall spot in the Eastern Conference at 17-6 (.739), a half-game behind the Toronto Raptors (18-6, .750).
Harden’s league-leading 34.0 ppg on the week helped the Rockets to a 2-1 mark, which included wins over the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 11, and the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 13. He ranked fifth in the conference in assists at 7.3 apg, and second in both steals (2.67 spg) and minutes (41.8 mpg). Harden poured in a season-high 44 points during the Rockets’ 113-109 win over the Kings. It marked the ninth game this season in which Harden connected on 10-or-more foul shots.
Here is a recap of the week for Wall and Harden:
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Dec. 8 vs. Boston: Tallied 26 points, 17 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in a 133-132 double-overtime win over the Celtics.
Dec. 10 @ Orlando: Posted 21 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in a 91-89 win over the Magic.
Dec. 12 vs. Utah: Stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds, five steals and three blocks during a 93-84 win over the Jazz.
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Dec. 10 @ Golden State: Collected 34 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals during a 105-93 loss to the Warriors.
Dec. 11 @ Sacramento: Scored a season-high 44 points and added eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 113-109 win over the Kings.
Dec. 13 vs. Denver: Posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 108-96 win over the Nuggets.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Al Horford, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas.