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Warriors' Ellis, Heat's James named Players of Week

By Official Release
Posted Dec 27 2010 2:12PM

NEW YORK -- The Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 26.

James led the Heat to a 2-1 week, which included road wins over the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. James averaged 27.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.33 steals for the surging Heat, which has won 14 of its last 15 games. On Christmas Day, James recorded a triple-double in Miami's 96-80 victory over the Lakers, posting 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Ellis' 39.7 ppg led the league for the week and helped Golden State to a 2-1 mark, which included wins over the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. Ellis topped 36 points in all three outings, including a sparkling 44-point performance on 15-of-20 shooting from the field in the Warriors' lone loss of the week, a 121-112 setback vs. Houston. Ellis also chipped in with 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the week.

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

LeBron James, Miami Heat

Dec. 20 vs. Dallas: Posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 98-96 Video loss to the Mavericks.

Dec. 23 @ Phoenix: Scored 36 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a Video 95-83 win over the Suns.

Dec. 25 @ L.A. Lakers: Recorded 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 rebounds as the Heat Video beat the Lakers 96-80.

Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors

Dec. 20 vs. Houston: Tallied 44 points, seven assists and three steals in Video a 121-112 loss to the Rockets.

Dec. 21 @ Sacramento: Recorded 36 points, seven assists and four steals in a Video 117-109 win over the Kings.

Dec. 25 vs. Portland: Poured in 39 points and added seven assists and two steals in a Video 109-102 victory over the Trail Blazers..

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week: Chicago's Carlos Boozer, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, New York's Amar'e Stoudemire and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant.

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