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Bobcats guard Kemba Walker wins NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week:

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Kemba Walker led the Charlotte Bobcats (27-30) to four straight wins in five days and for his efforts the NBA has named him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23.

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Walker is only the fourth player in Bobcats history to receive the honor and the first one to win the award since Stephen Jackson in January 2010. Gerald Wallace won the award four times and Jason Richardson won twice.

Walker scored in double figures in all four games with three games of 20 points or more. He also scored a game-high 31 points in Saturday’s 92-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and dished out 16 assists in Wednesday’s 116-98 thumping of the Pistons, a career high.

He averaged 22.5 points, 8.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 40.5 minutes during the four-game span, ranking him third in the Eastern Conference in assists and minutes played and tied for ninth in scoring.

The Bobcats and the Miami Heat (five games) are the only teams in the league with current winning streaks of four or more games and Charlotte is 7-3 over their last 10 games. The current four-game winning streak is the team’s first since March 25-30, 2011.

Coming off an ankle injury that sidelined him for seven games, Walker has come back playing his best basketball while putting his team in the No. 7 position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bobcats will need that play to continue as they embark on one of the toughest four-game stretches any team will face this season.

A trip on Friday to San Antonio (40-16) followed by a trip to Oklahoma City (43-14) on Sunday will be followed by a Monday flight to Miami (40-14) to face the Heat and then ending with a home game against the Pacers (42-13) on March 5.


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