SAN ANTONIO - The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 24, through Sunday, March 30. This is Duncan’s 22nd time earning Player of the Week honors, which is sixth all-time since the award was established prior to the 1979-80 season. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Duncan averaged a team-high 20.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.00 blocks while shooting .625 (35-56) from the field as the Spurs went 4-0 for the week. His week was highlighted with a 29-point (12-20 FG, 5-6 FT), 11-rebound, 5-assist and 2-block effort in a 108-103 victory vs. Denver on March 26. It was his third game of the season posting at least 20 points, grabbing 10-or-more rebounds and dishing out 5-or-more assists. Duncan followed that up with 20 points (9-15 FG, 2-3 FT), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks in 22:21 minutes in a 133-102 win at Denver on March 28. He closed out the week finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks in 25:28 minutes in a 96-80 victory vs. New Orleans on March 29.
For the year, Duncan is averaging 15.3 points, a team-best 9.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.91 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game while shooting .495 (409-827) from the field and .727 (205-282) from the foul line. He currently ranks fifth in the NBA in blocks and 14th in rebounding. Among players 37 years and older, Duncan is the only player in NBA history to average at least 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks in a season.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
March 26 vs. Denver: Notched 29 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in a 108-103 win over the Nuggets.
March 28 @ Denver: Posted 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks during a 133-102 win as the Spurs swept a home-and-home with the Nuggets.
March 29 vs. New Orleans: Scored 12 points and added eight rebounds, six assists and four blocks during a 96-80 win over the Pelicans.