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For the second straight week, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named the NBA Western Conference player of the week.
Jokic, 25, received the honor Monday after averaging 30.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists while leading Denver to a 3-1 record between Jan. 25-31. He capped the week off by scoring a career-high-tying 47 points in Sunday’s win over Utah.
On the season, he’s averaging 26.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.75 steals in 20 games. He’s also recorded a double-double in each of those games, becoming the second player since 1976 to accomplish the feat. Bill Walton had a double-double through each of the first 34 games of the 1976-77 season for Portland.
It is Jokic’s eighth player of the week award, moving him past Alex English (7) into sole position of second place in franchise history. Carmelo Anthony had 10 in a Denver uniform.
Nets guard James Harden was named the Eastern Conference player of the week.