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Magic's Howard, Hornets' Paul named Players of the Week

By Official release
Posted Nov 8 2010 2:56PM

NEW YORK -- The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard and the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 7.

Howard's Magic finished the week 3-0, with victories over Minnesota, New Jersey, and Charlotte. Howard averaged 23.3 points, 13.4 rebounds, and tallied 11 blocks on the week. On Tuesday 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.

Paul led the Hornets to a 3-0 week, averaging 17.3 points on .514 shooting from the field, 11 assists and 3.7 steals. Paul's double-double on Friday helped New Orleans defeat the Miami Heat 96-93. In the win, Paul compiled 13 points, 19 assists, and five steals. Paul's effort helped spark the Hornets to a 6-0 record, the best start to a season in franchise history.

Here is a recap of the week for Howard and Paul:

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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