April 5, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; **EDITORS NOTE**- (Slow shutter speed and strobe flash used to create this image.) Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) shoots the ball against Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) as Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) looks on during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Clippers defeated the Kings 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Paul named Western Conference Player of the Week

The National Basketball Association announced that Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for the games played between Monday, March 26, through Sunday, April 1.  The Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce earned the award for the Eastern Conference.

On the week, Paul averaged 21.5 points, shooting 56% percent from the field, and dished out 11.3 assists per game as well. He started the week with his first win against his former team, after the Clippers lost to the Hornets last week in New Orleans. Paul, who ranks third in the NBA in assists (8.8 apg), then matched his season high with 15 assists in a 103-86 win over the Phoenix Suns on March 28.

The week for Paul and the Clippers went quite well, and all three of their wins contributed to a 5-game home-stand and their longest winning streak in 2 decades.

In his second game against his old team the New Orleans Hornets, Paul Scored 25 points, and added 10 assists and four steals in the 97-85 win. Two nights later against the Phoenix Suns, Paul scored 15 points, and tied his season-high with 15 assists in the 103-86 win. Then in the last eligible game for the week, Paul continued his sharing ways with 14 assists, and added in 20 points and 4 steals in a 98-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Clippers are currently battling the Lakers for the Pacific Division Title, and will probably make the Playoffs for the first time since their run to the 2005 Western Conference Playoff Finals.

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