Dec. 23, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) stands on the court during the game against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at US Airways Center. The Clippers defeated the Suns 103-77. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul Wins NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week

Christmas came a day early for Chris Paul who today received an early stocking stuffer in the form of being named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week.

It’s the second time Paul has won the award as a member of the Clippers. During his Player of the Week stretch from Dec. 17-23, which included four games, the MVP candidate and sure-fire All-Star averaged 16.3 points, a conference-leading 11.3 assists and 3.5 steals.

Not only is Paul receiving mid-season accolades, he’s writing his name in the record books.

Paul notched his 5,000th career assist during this stretch on Dec. 19 against the New Orleans Hornets, he also posted three double-doubles and notched two games with five steals. In his last two games Paul tallied at least 17 points, 13 assists and five steals–becoming the first player since John Stockton to post such numbers in back-to-back games.

Oh yeah, the Clippers went 4-0 during Paul’s award-winning stretch and look to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games in a row tomorrow at home on Christmas Day against the Denver Nuggets.

Paul’s award comes just two weeks after teammate Blake Griffin was named conference player of the week. The pair became the first Clippers teammates to win the award in the same season since Quentin Richardson and Elton Brand did so in 2003-04.

It’s the first time in franchise history that teammates have won the award in the same month.

A merry Christmas indeed for CP3 and for all of Clippers Nation.

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