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NBA Players of the Week: Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers

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Jokic and Embiid both lead their teams to 3-0 records in the week (NBA.com Illustration)

Sixers centre Joel Embiid and Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic have been named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.

2018-19 Players of the Week
Western Eastern
Week 1 Nikola Jokic Kemba Walker
Week 2 Stephen Curry Giannis Antetokounmpo
Week 3 Russell Westbrook Victor Oladipo
Week 4 CJ McCollum Pascal Siakam
Week 5 Anthony Davis Nikola Vucevic
Week 6 Tobias Harris Giannis Antetokounmpo
Week 7 Paul Millsap Kawhi Leonard
Week 8 Stephen Curry Bradley Beal
Week 9 James Harden Thaddeus Young
Week 10 Paul George Giannis Antetokounmpo
Week 11 James Harden Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nikola Jokic

The Nuggets' 23-year-old star earns Player of the Week honours for the second time this season after leading his team to a perfect 3-0 record by averaging 28.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists.

Jokic opened the week with a 19-point, 15-assist, 14-rebound triple-double as Denver earned a seven-point home win over the New York Knicks Tuesday. It was the centre's third triple-double in the first half of the season and 19th in his young career.

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The big man continued to heat up on Thursday, as he finished with 26 points (on 10-for-18 shooting), 13 rebounds and six assists in a close road win over the Sacramento Kings.

He saved his best for last.

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Jokic closed the week with a season-high 39 points (on 16-for-29 shooting) to go along with 12 rebounds and six assists in the Nuggets' 123-110 win over the Hornets Saturday night.

Joel Embiid

After missing one game with knee soreness in the previous week, Embiid bounced back in a big way to lead the Sixers to a 3-0 record. His performances earned him Player of the Week honours for the first time this season and for the fourth time in his three-year career.

Over the three-game stretch, the 24-year-old averaged 31.7 points, 16.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game while he connected on 50 percent of his eight 3-point attempts and 83.3 percent of his 42 free throw attempts. In his first game back on Tuesday, Embiid finished with the monster stat line of 28 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks as the Sixers earned an impressive road win over the Clippers.

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One night after winning in LA, the All-Star centre exploded for 42 points and 18 rebounds while shooting 12-for-23 from the field and 17-for-19 from the free throw line as Philadelphia earned its second-consecutive road win in Phoenix.

When the Sixers returned home Saturday to host the Mavericks, Embiid again propelled his team to a victory with 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

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