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Wizards’ John Wall named Eastern Conference’s player of the week

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, dunks over Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Washington. The Wizards won 118-95.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, dunks over Brooklyn Nets center Justin Hamilton, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Washington. The Wizards won 118-95. AP

The Washington Wizards’ John Wall was named the NBA Eastern Conference’s player of the week for games played Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1.

The former University of Kentucky star led the Wizards to a 3-0 week, with all three victories coming at home, where Washington has won eight consecutive games.

Wall averaged 24.3 points (eighth in the East), an NBA-leading 13.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.67 steals (second in the East) for the week.

After opening the week with 18 points and a season-high 16 assists in a 107-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 26, Wall recorded 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 111-105 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 28.

The Houston Rockets’ James Harden earned the Western Conference’s player-of-the-week honor.

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Portland’s C.J. McCollum and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins.

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