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Big men Howard, Aldridge named Players of the Week

By Official Release
Posted Feb 14 2011 1:58PM

LOS ANGELES -- The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard and Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Feb. 7-Feb. 13.

Howard led Orlando to a 3-1 week, posting point-rebound double-doubles in all four contests. Howard has 14 consecutive double-doubles and an Eastern Conference best 44 on the season. Howard's 16.8 rpg and .667 shooting from the field led the Eastern Conference. During Orlando's 101-85 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 8, Howard recorded his fifth 20-point, 20-rebound effort of the season.

Aldridge led Portland to an undefeated week, tallying 36 or more points in all three Trail Blazers wins. Aldridge's 42 points in a 109-103 victory over Chicago on Feb. 7 were a career high. He shot .631 from the field and .846 from the free throw line on the week. Aldridge is one of three players in the league averaging 22 points and 9 rebounds, joining Howard and Blake Griffin.

Here is a recap of the week for Howard and Aldridge:

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Clippers: Posted 22 points and 20 rebounds in a Video 101-85 win over the Clippers.

Feb. 9 @ Philadelphia: Tallied 30 points and 17 rebounds in a Video 99-95 win over the 76ers.

Feb. 11 vs. New Orleans: Collected 20 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in Video a 99-93 loss to the Hornets.

Feb. 13 vs. L.A. Lakers: Totaled 31 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a Video 89-75 win over the Lakers.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

Feb. 7 vs. Chicago: Posted 42 points, eight rebounds and two steals during a Video 109-103 win over the Bulls.

Feb. 11 @ Toronto: Tallied 37 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a Video 102-96 victory over the Raptors.

Feb. 13 @ Detroit: Collected 36 points, four rebounds and three assists in a Video 105-100 win over the Pistons.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week: Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Indiana's Danny Granger, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Phoenix's Steve Nash and San Antonio's DeJuan Blair.

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