Billups named Western Conference Player of the Week
DENVER, Jan. 3, 2011 – Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 2, the NBA announced today.
Billups led the Nuggets to a 3-0 record, averaging 25.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He shot .639 (23-36) from the field, .846 (11-13) from three-point range and .950 (19-20) from the foul line.
After opening the week with 18 points and a season high-tying nine assists in a home victory against Portland on Dec. 28, Billups scored a season-high 36 points (three short of his career-high) at Minnesota on Dec. 29. He made all six of his three-point attempts against Minnesota, setting a Nuggets team record for most three-pointers without a miss.
Billups scored a team-high 22 points and handed out five assists in a home win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 1. He has led team in scoring for five straight games, the first time that has happened in his career with Denver.
This marks the sixth Player of the Week honor for Billups during his 14-year NBA career – third time in the Western Conference. Prior to this past week, he had received the award three times with the Detroit Pistons (2/2/03, 11/23/03 and 3/21/05) and twice with Denver (11/16/08 and 1/25/10).