Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap Named NBA Players of the Week for January 20-26

Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIJanuary 27, 2014

Jan 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a shot during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. The Thunder won 111-105. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was named NBA Player of the Week for the second straight week in the Western Conference, while Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks earned Player of the Week honors in the Eastern Conference.

KD continued his transcendent stretch of play in three wins against the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 38 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting 64 percent from the field over that span.

He sat out Friday’s contest against the Boston Celtics due to a shoulder injury, but returned against Philly Saturday only to record a triple-double with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

"The Durantula" received the honor last week as well for posting 39.3 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.

He’s quite literally doing it all for OKC and making a strong case to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award at season's end.

Millsap, meanwhile, helped lead the Hawks to a 3-1 record from Jan. 20 through Jan. 26—which included a 121-114 win over the Miami Heat.

He averaged 21.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during that span, which included a 24-point, six-rebound, five-assist, five-block effort against the Orlando Magic. The 28-year-old is having arguably his best professional season in his first year with Atlanta.

Durant’s Thunder hold the No. 1 seed in the West with a 35-10 record, while Millsap’s Hawks are No. 3 in the East with a 23-20 mark.

Their teams went a combined 7-1 this week and continue to play well despite major injuries to Russell Westbrook and Al Horford.