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Knicks’ Jalen Brunson wins Eastern Conference Player of the Week again

Add another Player of the Week honor to Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson’s résumé.

Brunson is the Eastern Conference’s selection for the week of Jan. 1-7, during which he averaged 27.3 points and 9.3 assists per game for the 4-0 Knicks.

Also nominated for that week’s award was Brunson’s teammate Julius Randle, who averaged 30.3 points over the four-game stretch.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen, Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner and Toronto’s Pascal Siakam rounded out the week’s finalists, the NBA said in its announcement Monday.

It’s the third time Brunson, who is in his second season with the Knicks, has been named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week. He also received the honor last January, as well as earlier this season in November.

The Western Conference honor this week went to Houston’s Alperen Sengun, who averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists for a Rockets team that went 3-1.

Brunson is making a case this season for his first All-Star Game selection, averaging 26.0 points and 6.4 assists per game for a Knicks team that, at 21-15, entered Monday tied for the fourth seed in the East.

Randle, a two-time All-Star, won Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors in late November/early December after averaging 24.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists over three games.

Randle, who is averaging 24.3 points per game, and Brunson are on pace to become the first Knicks teammates to both average more than 20 points per game in two consecutive seasons since Hall of Famers Walt Frazier and Willis Reed did so from 1969-71.