Doncic named Western Conference Player of the Week

Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has been playing at an elite level over the last couple of weeks, so it was no surprise that Doncic was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1, the league announced on Monday.

This is the second straight week and the ninth time in his career that he has received the honor. It is the first time in his career that he has garnered the award in back-to-back weeks, and he becomes the first player to earn consecutive Player of the Week awards this season.

Doncic led the Mavericks to a 3-0 week with averages of 48.7 points (.617 FG%, .480 3FG%), 13.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 39.7 minutes per game. He racked up 146 points, 39 rebounds, and 32 assists during the week, becoming the first player in NBA history to total 140-plus points, 30-plus rebounds, and 30-plus assists over any three-game span.

The 23-year-old opened the week by pouring in a career-high 60 points (21-31 FG, 2-6 3FG, 16-22 FT) to go along with a career-high 21 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block in a career-high 47 minutes in Dallas’ 126-121 come-from-behind win over New York.

Doncic closed out the 2022 calendar year by tallying a game-high 51 points (18-29 FG, 6-10 3FG), including 30 in the first half (22 in the first quarter), to go along with six rebounds, a game-high nine assists, a season-high-tying four steals and one block in 37 minutes in the Mavericks’ 126-125 victory at San Antonio on Dec. 31. He had 42 points through three quarters, breaking a tie with Mark Aguirre (22) for the most 40-point games in franchise history.

The three-time All-Star has led Dallas (21-16) to a season-best six-game win streak. For the season, he is averaging a league-high 34.2 points to go along with 8.7 rebounds, 8.9 assists (4th in the NBA), and 1.7 steals (5th in the NBA) in 34 games (all starts).

Dallas battles the Rockets in Houston on Monday night.

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