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Williams, Curry Named Players of the Week

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The Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 9.

Williams led Brooklyn to a 3-1 week that included wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. He averaged 20.8 points (eighth in the conference) on .569 shooting from the field (seventh in the conference) and added 7.0 assists (tied for fourth in the conference). Williams, who shot .500 or better from the field in each of the Nets’ games, tallied 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added six helpers on Nov. 7, during a 110-99 win over the Knicks.

The Warriors posted a 2-1 week behind Curry, who along with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant paced the league in scoring at 30.0 ppg. Curry’s 3.33 steals were also tops on the week, and his 7.3 assists were good for fifth in the Western Conference. Curry connected on 14-of-27 (.519) three-point field goals on the week, including 6-of-9 from distance en route to 34 points on Nov. 8, during a 98-87 win over the Houston Rockets.

Here is a recap of the week for Williams and Curry:

Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

Nov. 3 vs. Oklahoma City: Posted 17 points, nine assists and three rebounds during a 116-85 win over the Thunder.

Nov. 7 vs. New York: Tallied 29 points and added six assists in a 110-99 win over the Knicks.

Nov. 9 vs. Orlando: Scored 18 points and added seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in a 104-96 win over the Magic.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Nov. 5 vs. L.A. Clippers: Scored 28 points and added seven assists and six rebounds in a 121-104 win over the Clippers.

Nov. 8 @ Houston: Tallied 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting and added 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 98-87 win over the Rockets.

Nov. 9 @ Phoenix: Collected 28 points, 10 assists and five steals in a 107-95 loss to the Suns.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Chicago’s Pau Gasol, Houston’s James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Miami’s Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, and Washington’s John Wall.

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