July 23, 2016

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Cavs: Irving named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week Monday.

Kyrie Irving

The Cleveland point guard averaged 29.0 points on 32-of-63 shooting (.508 percent) over three games. He made 9-of-22 3-pointers (.409) and was 14-of-15 (.933) at the foul line. Irving averaged 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals in the span.

His 29.0 average ranked best among Eastern Conference guards and was second-highest among all East players.

Irving began his run with his third double-double of the season on Dec. 10 in a 109-94 win over the Knicks. He scored a game-high 37 points and had a game-high 11 assists while making just one turnover.

On Friday, against Orlando, Irving led the Cavaliers to a 109-100 road win. He had a game-high 31 points to go along with three rebounds, fives assists and two steals. It marked the third time in Irving’s career where he had consecutive games of at least 30 points.

In Cleveland’s 114-107 loss to the Heat on Saturday, Irving scored a team-high 19 points, had three assists and a season-high four steals.

It marks the second time that he has received the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor in his NBA career. The previous time came for the period of Jan. 21-27 in 2013.