NEW YORK -- The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12.
Wall led the Wizards to a 4-0 week, with all of Washington’s wins coming on the road. He paced the East in scoring (29.8 ppg) and assists (11.3 apg) while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals. On March 7, the 26-year-old recorded 25 points, 14 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 131-127 victory over the Phoenix Suns. On March 11, Wall tallied 39 points and nine assists as Wizards erased a 21-point halftime deficit in a 125-124 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Towns averaged 29.0 points (fourth in the West) on 63.3 percent shooting and 12.3 rebounds (tied for fourth) as the Timberwolves went 2-1. On March 8, he scored 29 points on 14-for-21 shooting and added 14 rebounds in a 107-91 win over the L.A. Clippers. On March 11, the 21-year-old scored a game-high 35 points on 14-for-21 shooting to go with 14 rebounds and two blocks in 102-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the 13th time this season that Towns has scored at least 30 points.
Here is a recap of the week for Wall and Towns:
John Wall, Washington Wizards
March 7 @ Phoenix: Finished with 25 points, 14 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 131-127 win over the Suns.
March 8 @ Denver: Posted 30 points and 10 assists in a 123-113 win over the Nuggets.
March 10 @ Sacramento: Scored 25 points and added 12 assists in a 130-122 win over the Kings.
March 11 @ Portland: Poured in 39 points on 13-of-23 shooting in a 125-124 overtime win over the Trail Blazers.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
March 8 vs. LA Clippers: Tallied 29 points, 14 rebounds and two assists in a 107-91 victory over the Clippers.
March 10 vs. Golden State: Recorded 23 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a 103-102 victory over the Warriors.
March 11 @ Milwaukee: Finished with 35 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 102-95 loss to the Bucks.
Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Dennis Schröder, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Houston’s James Harden, Indiana’s Paul George, Miami’s Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Washington’s Bradley Beal.