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Bryant, James named Players of the Week

By Official Release
Posted Mar 16 2009 3:01PM

NEW YORK -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 9, through Sunday, March 15.

NBA Players of the Week
March 16
Eastern F LeBron James, Cleveland
Western G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
March 9
Eastern G Dwyane Wade, Miami
Western G Deron Williams, Utah
March 2
Eastern G Devin Harris, New Jersey
Western F David West, New Orleans
Feb. 23
Eastern F Dwight Howard, Orlando
Western F Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
Feb. 16
All-Star break
Feb. 9
Eastern F LeBron James, Cleveland
Western F Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
Feb. 2
Eastern F David Lee, New York
Western G Tony Parker, San Antonio
Jan. 26
Eastern F LeBron James, Cleveland
Western C Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers
Jan. 19
Eastern G Jameer Nelson, Orlando
Western G Chris Paul, New Orleans
Jan. 12
Eastern F Dwight Howard, Orlando
Western G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Jan. 5
Eastern G Rodney Stuckey, Detroit
Western F Al Jefferson, Minnesota
Dec. 29
Eastern F LeBron James, Cleveland
Western G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Dec. 22
Eastern G Jameer Nelson, Orlando
Western G Chris Paul, New Orleans
Dec. 15
Eastern F Al Harrington, New York
Western F Tim Duncan, San Antonio
Dec. 8
Eastern G Dwyane Wade, Miami
Western F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Dec. 1
Eastern G Devin Harris, New Jersey
Western G Brandon Roy, Portland
Nov. 24
Eastern G Dwyane Wade, Miami
Western F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Nov. 17
Eastern F LeBron James, Cleveland
Western G Chauncey Billups, Denver
Nov. 10
Eastern F LeBron James, Cleveland
Western F Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix
Nov. 3
Eastern F Chris Bosh, Toronto
Western G Chris Paul, New Orleans

James was second in the league in points (34.0 ppg) and assists (10.8), and added 8.8 rpg, as the Cavaliers went 4-0 and clinched the Central Division title for the second time in franchise history (1975-76). James became the 12th player in NBA history to have three consecutive triple-doubles and recorded his eighth career game of 50-plus points. With three road wins against the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings, Cleveland improved to an Eastern Conference-best 22-4 against the Western Conference. This is James' sixth Player of the Week Award this season.

Bryant paced the Western Conference in scoring (28.5 ppg) and added 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, leading the Lakers to a 3-1 week. In a 102-95 win over San Antonio on March 12, Bryant recorded 23 points and six assists as the Lakers clinched their 20th Pacific Division title and their 56th postseason appearance in 61 NBA seasons. This is Bryant's third Player of the Week Award this season.

Here is a recap of the week for James and Bryant:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

March 10 @ L.A. Clippers: Tallied 32 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and two steals in a 87-83 win over the Clippers.

March 12 @ Phoenix: Recorded 34 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a 119-111 win over the Suns.

March 13 @ Sacramento: Poured in 51 points, and added nine assists and three blocks in a 126-123 overtime win over the Kings.

March 15 vs. New York: Scored 19 points, and added 10 assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks in a 98-93 win over the Knicks.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

March 9 @ Portland: Recorded 26 points and three assists in a 111-94 loss to the Trail Blazers.

March 11 @ Houston: Posted 37 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals in a 102-96 win over the Rockets.

March 12 @ San Antonio: Tallied 23 points, six assists and four rebounds in a 102-95 win over the Spurs.

March 15 vs. Dallas: Scored 28 points, and added eight rebounds and five assists in a 107-100 win over the Mavericks.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Joe Johnson, Cleveland's Mo Williams, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, Miami's Dwyane Wade, New Orleans' Chris Paul, New York's Nate Robinson, Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young and Portland's Brandon Roy.

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