Paul, Anthony named NBA Players of the Month

The Clippers' Chris Paul and New York's Carmelo Anthony have been named the NBA Players of the Month for games played in April

Paul, who led Los Angeles to a 9-5 record in the month and the team's first trip to the postseason since 2005-06, averaged 20.7 points, 9.9 assists and 3.0 steals a game in April. He had six double-doubles and three 30-point games in the month.

Anthony guided the Knicks to a 9-4 mark in April as the team reached the playoffs for the second straight year. He averaged a league-best 29.8 points and compiled seven 30-point games and two 40-point performances in the month. Anthony also recorded his second career triple-double in a game against Boston on April 17 with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Other nominees for the awards were Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, Boston's Avery Bradley, Indiana's David West, Miami's LeBron James, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, San Antonio's Tony Parker and Utah's Al Jefferson.