There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers‘ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
All three of those players had absolutely huge weeks, but instead of going with one of them, we’re giving these week’s award to Atlanta Hawks‘ point guard Jeff Teague.
On Monday, Teague and the Hawks took on the Miami Heat. The Heat defeated the Hawks 121-119 in overtime, but Teague had a huge game. The fourth-year Wake Forest product scored 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds and had two steals in 38 minutes.
On Thursday, in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Teague had arguably the best night of his career. He scored 34 points on 14-of-24 shooting, dished out 14 assists, grabbed three rebounds and recorded three steals.
With the Hawks trailing by three with 12 seconds to go in overtime, Teague found Paul Millsap for a layup. After two Matthew Dellavedova free throws, Teague hit a layup with seconds left. The Hawks fouled Dellavedova and he again hit two free throws. Teague got the ball again and hit a 30-foot three with with four seconds to play.
Teague missed the potential game-winner and the teams went into a second overtime. In what was a wild, high-scoring second overtime, the two teams were tied with 21 seconds to play and the Hawks again called on Teague, who hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, giving the Hawks a 127-125 victory.
On the season, Teague is averaging 16.8 points, 8.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.