By Official release
Posted Dec 3 2010 8:28PM
NEW YORK -- The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard and the Utah Jazz's Deron Williams today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during October/November.
Howard was fifth in the Eastern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.8 points on .594 shooting, which ranked second in the conference and third in
the league. To go along with his offensive production, Howard ranked
fourth in the league in rebounds, averaging 12.1. He has helped the Magic get off to a 13-4 start, putting it atop the Southeast Division. Howard's month was highlighted by his defensive performance on Nov. 3 versus Minnesota, where he had eight blocks, representing an NBA season high. In addition, he was named player of the week for weeks ending Nov. 7, and Nov. 28.
Williams led the Jazz to a 14-5 start, averaging 21.9 points to go with 9.9 assists, which ranked third in the league. Williams compiled 10 double-doubles and shot .856 from the free throw line. On Nov. 10, Williams scored 30 points to go along with 14 assists and five rebounds in a 104-94 victory at Orlando. Williams helped the Jazz to its second-best November winning percentage (.813) in franchise history and first place in the Northwest Division.
Here is a closer look at the month for Howard and Williams:
Nov. 3 vs. Minnesota: Recorded 18 points, 16 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks in a 128-86 win over the Timberwolves.
Nov. 5 vs. New Jersey: Tallied 30 points and 16 rebounds in a 105-90 victory over the Nets.
Nov. 24 vs. Miami: Registered 24 points to go along with 18 rebounds in a 111-100 victory over the Heat.
Nov. 27 @ Washington: Compiled a season-high 32 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and hit the game-winning shot to defeat the Wizards by a score of 100-99.
Oct. 31 @ Oklahoma City: Recorded 16 points, 15 assists and six rebounds in a 120-99 victory over the Thunder.
Nov. 10 @ Orlando: Tallied 30 points, 14 assists and five rebounds in a 104-94 win over the Magic.
Nov. 15 vs. Oklahoma City: Scored 31 points and added 11 assists and five rebounds in a 105-87 loss to the Thunder.
Nov. 24 vs. New Orleans: Poured in 26 points to go along with 11 assists and five steals in a 105-87 win over the Hornets.
Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Chicago's Derrick Rose, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, New Orleans' Chris Paul, New York's Amar'e Stoudemire, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.
The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month are part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The Kia NBA Performance Awards." The series, currently in its fourth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes four of the league's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player Award, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, and Most Improved Player. Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA and the all-new Kia Optima is the league's Official Vehicle. For more information on the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards" visit www.NBA.com/awards.
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