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Deandre Ayton named Western Conference Player of the Week

Ayton's performance in the paint helped the Phoenix Suns earn a 3-0 record for the week of Nov. 21-27.
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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots over Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 113-112. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX — It's a great way to start the week if you're Phoenix Suns Center Deandre Ayton. 

The Suns big man helped the team to a perfect 3-0 record for the week of Nov. 21-27, earning him NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.

News about the honor was released by the team Monday afternoon and it marks the first Player of the Week award in Ayton's young career.

Ayton averaged 23.7 points in the three games on 67.4 percent shooting, 16.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Ayton gave an all-out performance, earning double-doubles in each of the three games. 

The Suns center started the week with 14 points and a then season-high 15 rebounds in a win over the Lakers on Nov. 22. He followed that up with a then season-high 28 points and 12 rebounds in a 108-102 win over Detroit on Nov. 25. Ayton closed out the week with a 29-point, 21-rebounds on Nov. 26 against Utah. 

Overall, an excellent week for the Suns' big man.

Phoenix currently has a one-game lead over Denver for the best record in the Western Conference. The Suns also hold the best home record in the NBA this season at 11-1 and are the only team in the league to rank in the top-five in offensive (third), defensive (fifth) and net rating (second).

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