Kevin Durant Named Kia Western Conference Player of the Month
NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2013 – The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant were today named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.
George led the Pacers to a league-best 15-1 (.938) record, scoring in double figures in all 16 outings, including 13 games with 20-or-more points. George ranked fifth in the league in scoring (23.6 ppg) and was tied for seventh in steals (2.13 spg), while adding 6.1 rpg and 3.3 apg. George averaged 14.8 points and shot 51 percent from the floor in the second half of games in October and November. He recorded back-to-back double-doubles vs. Cleveland (Nov. 2) and Detroit (Nov. 5).
Durant guided the Thunder to an 11-3 record to start the season, including an 8-0 mark at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the best home start in the team’s Oklahoma City era. Durant paced the NBA in scoring (28.3 ppg) on the back of six 30-plus-point performances, including a season-high 42 points in a 101-98 win over the Utah Jazz on Oct. 30. Additionally, he recorded six double-doubles during October and November.
Here is a closer look at the month for George and Durant:
Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Oct. 30 @ New Orleans: Scored 32 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 95-90 win at New Orleans
Nov. 5 @ Detroit: Notched a 31-point, 10-rebound double-double along with four assists and four steals in a 99-91 win over the Pacers
Nov. 20 @ New York: Played a career-high 49 minutes, scoring 35 points to go with five rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocks in a 103-96 win at the Knicks
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Oct. 30 @ Utah: Scored a season-high 42 points to go with six rebounds, three steals and an assist in a 101-98 win at Utah
Nov. 3 @ Phoenix: Finished with a 33-point, 10-rebound double-double in a 103-96 win at the Suns
Nov. 10 vs. Washington: Recorded 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and a block in a 106-105 overtime victory over the Wizards
Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Houston’s Dwight Howard, Miami’s LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Orlando’s Arron Afflalo, and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge.
Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month
The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month are part of a series of on-court performance awards called “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” The series, currently in its seventh season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes five of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player Award, and Kia Rookie of the Year. The series also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month during the regular season. Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA and the Kia Optima is the league’s Official Vehicle. For more information on the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards” visit www.NBA.com/awards.