POSTED: Jan 5, 2015 3:23 PM ET
NEW YORK — The Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 4.
Teague led the Hawks to a 3-0 week, behind a conference-leading 23.7 ppg, and his 8.3 apg and 2.67 spg were both good for second in the conference. Teague shot .500 or better from the field in all three games, and handed out at least six assists in each contest. On Dec. 30, during a 109-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Teague scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, and added 11 assists, five rebounds and three steals. At 25-8 (.758), the Hawks stand alone atop the Eastern Conference.
Durant helped the Thunder to a 2-0 week, which included wins over the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards, behind a league-leading 39.0 ppg. He added 9.0 rpg and 4.5 apg, and ranked eighth in the West in three-point field goal percentage with a mark of .556 (10-of-18). On Dec. 31, Durant scored 44 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field and a perfect 12-of-12 effort from the foul line, as the Thunder topped the Suns 137-134 in overtime.
Here is a recap of the week for Teague and Durant:
Teague's Killer Crossover
Jeff Teague breaks Matthew Dellavedova's ankles with the killer crossover then hits the layup.
Dec. 30 vs. Cleveland: Recorded 23 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and three steals during a 109-101 win over the Cavaliers.
Jan. 2 @ Utah: Scored 26 points and added eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 98-92 win over the Jazz.
Jan. 3 @ Portland: Posted 22 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals during a 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers.
Durant Nets 34
Kevin Durant scores 34 points (on 12 for 18 shooting) and grabs 8 rebounds in a Thunder win over the Wizards.
Dec. 31 vs. Phoenix: Poured in 44 points and added 10 rebounds and seven assists during a 137-134 overtime win over the Suns.
Jan. 2 vs. Washington: Scored 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field, and added eight rebounds and two assists during a 109-102 win against the Wizards.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn's Joe Johnson, Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Dallas' Monta Ellis, Detroit's Andre Drummond, Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe.