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LeBron James and Kevin Durant Named NBA Players of the Week

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2013

It's not always lonely at the top.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant were named the NBA's Players of the Week, to the surprise of just about no one.

Durant earned the honor after posting an impressive stat line through three games last week:

So much for Durant not being a nightly triple-double threat.

To close out his fantastic seven days, Durant nearly posted a five-by-five, going for 32 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in the Oklahoma City Thunder's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. That put him in some good company:

Led by Durant, the Thunder cruised to three straight victories, extending their present winning streak to seven games. Their week also included triumphs over the surging San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, the latter of which avenged a loss Oklahoma City suffered earlier in the season.

Last week was good to LeBron as well. He led his Miami Heat to a 4-0 record, including a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who remain as desperate for LeBron to return as ever:

On top of that, LeBron shot over 60 percent from the floor overall (38-of-63) and drilled 46.7 percent of his deep balls (7-of-15).

It's fitting that LeBron and Durant should both receive recognition for their efforts last week. Together, they're the only two players currently averaging at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists per game while also shooting 45 percent or better from the floor.

We've grown accustomed to either player dominating at his respective craft, but friendly reminders like these never hurt. They simply reinforce the notion that in today's NBA, there's LeBron, Durant and everyone else.

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