Kevin Love, Kevin Durant named NBA Players of the Week

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

This past week was officially the Week of the Kevins in the NBA, as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant both earned Player of the Week honors for games played from Nov. 21-28.

Love kicked off his superb week with a historic performance against the Portland Trail Blazers last Wednesday. The sharpshooting big man poured in 34 points and eight three-pointers in the first quarter of a dominant victory before finishing the game with 40 points. Those 34 first-quarter points are the highest in any first quarter ever, and the second-highest point total in any quarter of all time, trailing only Klay Thompson’s 37 points scored in a third quarter in early 2015.

Love followed up that monster effort with two more strong games in wins over the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers. He had a 27-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Mavericks while shooting 7-of-9 from long range, and then he recorded a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double in Philadelphia. He averaged an East-best 30.7 points for the week to go along with 9.7 rebounds per game while shooting 19-of-29 from long deep.

Durant led the Warriors to a perfect 4-0 week while putting forth terrific all-around efforts throughout. He didn’t have any notable scoring performances like Love, but he stuffed the stat sheet for a Golden State squad that’s won 11 games in a row.

Durant averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.8 blocks in the four games. He blocked a career-high six shots against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, and he also notched 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the victory.

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