Paul named Western Player of the Week

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul today was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 26, through Sunday, April 1, the NBA announced Monday.

Paul led the Clippers to a perfect 5-0 homestand to end March and a 4-0 mark last week, averaging 21.5 points on 56 percent shooting, while dishing out 11.3 assists per game. He began the week with 25 points and 10 assists, as the Clippers defeated Paul’s former team, the New Orleans Hornets, 97-85 on March 26. Paul, who ranks third in the NBA in assists (8.8), matched his season-high with 15 assists in a 103-86 win over the Phoenix Suns on March 28.

Since losing three games in three days last month, Paul has led the Clippers to their first five-game winning streak since 2006 and on the brink of their first six-game winning streak since 1992. If the Clippers beat Dallas on Tuesday, they will also equal last season's victory total (32) in 29 fewer games.

Paul had 185 total assists in March, establishing a new Clippers franchise record for assists in a calendar month, passing Norm Nixon’s 179 assists for the San Diego Clippers in November 1983.