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Kobe Bryant Wins Western Conference NBA Player Of The Week

With their 3-0 week last week, and a 15-1 run since the NBA All-Star break, the Lakers have had some great performances of late. To the victors go the spoils, and as such, Kobe Bryant was rewarded with the Western Conference Player of the Week Award today by the NBA. Bryant led the league in scoring for the week, averaging 36.3 points per contest.

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The Lakers had a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Suns on Tuesday, and Bryant was one assist shy of a triple-double, with 42 points, 12 rebounds, and nine dimes in 48 minutes. He also scored at least 30 points in the other two games as well, with 37 in a win over the Clippers on Friday, and 30 points in Sunday's win over the Hornets.

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For the week, Bryant averaged 36.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in three Laker wins. He shot 48.1% from the field, and made 30 of his 36 free throw attempts (83.3%). His 17 trips to the charity stripe against the Clippers on Friday was a season high for Bryant. Kobe beat out Tony Allen and Zach Randolph of Memphis, Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, and Marcus Thornton of Sacramento for the honor. Dwight Howard won the award for the Eastern Conference.

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For more news on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.