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Burke's January numbers tops for West rookies

Published January 28, 2014 12:13 pm

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Monday was the third time in four games Trey Burke has failed to reach double figures in scoring and the rookie point guard acknowledged afterward he's "struggling a little bit" finding his rhythm.Kings rookie Ben McLemore, meanwhile, topped double digits for the third time in his last four games and pulled down nine rebounds, tying his season high.Still, Burke seems likely claim a second straight Western Conference Rookie of the Month award, an honor McLemore earned for November.Burke is averaging 12.5 points, 6.8 assists and 3 rebounds in 33 minutes a game during January.McLemore is putting up 6.1 points and 2.4 rebounds.Oklahoma City's Steven Adams is averaging 3.5 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes a night. Lakers forward Ryan Kelly is averaging 8.7 and 3.6.Nevertheless, Burke says he isn't focused on stats."Not really. You know when you can be a little bit more aggressive, or when you need to get others involved," he said. "Coach just tells me to continue to make plays for the team, continue to get the ball into the paint, and when the opportunity for me to score is there, to take it. I am just going to continue to do what's best for the team, and continue to make plays for them."— Aaron Falk