Posted Nov 11, 2013 3:24 PM
The Indiana Pacers' Paul George and the Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Mon., Nov. 4-Sun., Nov. 10.
George led Indiana to the only undefeated record in the Eastern Conference on the week (4-0). At 7-0, the Pacers are off to their best start in franchise history and are the league's lone remaining unbeaten team. George led the Pacers in scoring in all four games, and his 24.8 ppg average ranked fifth in the East. The fourth-year forward chipped in with 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.75 steals. George collected his second double-double of the season with 31 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 5, a 99-91 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Morris helped the Suns to a 3-1 week, which included wins over the Denver Nuggets and a home-and-away sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans. The third-year forward tied for seventh in the Western Conference in scoring (22.8 ppg), 14th in the conference in rebounding (8.0 rpg), eighth in the conference in steals (2.0 spg) and led the league in field goal percentage (.698). Morris closed the week with three straight outings in which he connected on .750 or better from the field (11-for-13, .846 on Nov. 6; 10-for-13, .769 on Nov. 8; 9-for-12, .750 on Nov. 10). At 5-2, the Suns are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.
Here is a recap of the week for George and Morris:
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
--Nov. 5 @ Detroit: Recorded 31 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 99-91 win over the Pistons.
--Nov. 8 vs. Toronto: Posted 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals during a 91-84 win over the Raptors.
--Nov. 9 @ Brooklyn: Scored 24 points and added six rebounds and two assists in a 96-91 win over the Nets.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
--Nov. 6 @ San Antonio: Tallied 23 points and 12 rebounds during a 99-96 loss to the Spurs.
--Nov. 8 vs. Denver: Notched his second consecutive double-double, a 28-point, 10-rebound effort, during a 114-103 win over the Nuggets.
--Nov. 10 vs. New Orleans: Recorded 23 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals during the Suns' 101-94 win over the Pelicans.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, Brooklyn's Brook Lopez, Charlotte's Gerald Henderson, Memphis' Mike Conley, Miami's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio's Tony Parker and Washington's Bradley Beal.
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