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Ty Lawson named Western Conference Player of the Week

Denver Nuggets point guard hit game-winner to cap 3-0 week

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson averaged 21 points while helping Denver beat the Lakers, Trail Blazers and Thunder.
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DENVER, March 4, 2013 – Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday Feb. 25 through Sunday March 3, the NBA announced today.

Lawson averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 assists and 1.67 steals while helping the Nuggets to a perfect 3-0 record as they make a push for home-court advantage in the postseason.

His week was an extension of his play since Jan. 13; he is averaging 20.8 points, 7.5 assists and 1.64 steals in 22 games during that stretch.

After scoring at least 20 points in eight straight games, Lawson capped his week by hitting the game-winning shot with 0.2 seconds remaining to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 1.

Lawson scored 22 points and added eight assists and four rebounds as Denver ran past the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 25.

Two days later, Lawson scored 30 points and had nine assists to help the Nuggets win in Portland for the first time since Oct. 29, 2009. It was his third career 30-point game and second this season.

Despite struggling from the floor against Oklahoma City, Lawson knocked down the winning shot as the Nuggets won their 10th straight home game – matching their longest streak at Pepsi Center since Feb. 10-March 30, 2011.

The player of the week honor is the second of Lawson’s career. He also received the award on March 5, 2012.

Teammate Kenneth Faried was named Western Conference player of the week on Nov. 12 earlier this season.