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Kevin Durant and Paul George Named NBA Players of the Week for January 13-19

USA Today
Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIJanuary 20, 2014

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers have been named NBA Players of the Week for their elite performances from Jan. 13 through Jan. 19.

Scott Agness of Pacers.com said via Twitter that George had received the honor in the Eastern Conference:

While Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman filled in who was Player of the Week for the Western Conference:

Throughout the week, KD went on an absolute rampage. He led the Russell Westbrook-less Thunder to a 3-1 record, highlighted by a 54-point clinic against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

He finished 19-of-28 from the field (67.9 percent), 5-of-9 from three-point range (55.6 percent) and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line (84.6 percent). The 54-point outburst was a career high.

In the month of January, Durant has posted two 48-point games in addition to the career night against Golden State. He's just continued to up his level of play with Westbrook sidelined due to knee surgery.

George, meanwhile, led the Pacers to an undefeated 3-0 week with wins against the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers. Indy won those three games by an average of 22 points, and George shot a scorching 57.7 percent from the floor over that span.

Beyond the Buzzer tweeted each player's stats for the week:

Both Durant and George are solidifying their place as legitimate MVP candidates midway through the 2013-14 season. Indy (32-7) is the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, while OKC (31-10) is No. 3 in the West.

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