Rockets' Chris Paul named Western Conference Player of the Week

HOUSTON - Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been named the NBA’s Western Conference player of the Week for Dec. 11 to Dec. 17, the team announced Monday.

It is the 13th time Paul has been named Player of the Week in his career.

Last week, Paul helped Houston to a 4-0 record, averaging 26 points, 7.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 3.25 steals. Since his return to the lineup after injury, Paul has helped the Rockets to a 13-game-winning streak, tied for the fourth-longest in franchise history. Houston is outscoring opponents by an average of 15.9 points per game during this streak. The Rockets are 14-0 when Chris Paul has played this season.

Paul was instrumental in a fourth-quarter comeback against the Pelicans on Monday. He recorded a season-high 31 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds against the Hornets on Wednesday and had 28 points, 8 assists and a league season-high-tying 7 steals against the Spurs on Friday. Paul scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half of the Rockets’ win over the Bucks on Sunday.

Paul, who is the first Rocket not named James Harden to be named Player of the Week since Goran Dragic in 2012, has scored at least 20 points in each of the past five games. He has hit three or more 3-pointers in four straight games for the first time in his career and is shooting a career-best 42.9 percent from behind-the-arc.

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