O'Neal averaged 21.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in December.
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NEW YORK, Jan. 5 – The Indiana Pacers’ Jermaine O’Neal and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett were today named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during the month of December.

O’Neal posted 11 double-doubles (point-rebound) during the month to lead the Pacers to a 9-7 record, while averaging 21.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and making him the only Eastern Conference player to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Garnett averaged 26.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.54 blocks per game while leading the Timberwolves to an 11-2 record, the best December in franchise history. Garnett leads the NBA in rebounds per game (13.7) and total rebounds (448).

Here is a look at highlights from the month for O’Neal and Garnett:

Garnett averaged 26.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.9 steals per game in December.
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Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana Pacers
Dec. 1 at Phoenix– Scored 32 points with 14 rebounds and a franchise-high eight blocks in an 89-82 victory over the Suns.
Dec. 5 at Seattle – Had 30 points and added nine rebounds and five assists in a 101-94 win against the SuperSonics.
Dec. 15 vs. Cleveland – Scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds while passing for a career-high six assists in a 95-85 win over the Cavaliers.

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
Dec. 5 at Sacramento – Had 33 points, including two 3PT FGs in OT, a career-high 25 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in a 112-109 overtime victory over the Kings.
Dec. 16 vs. Houston – Had 19 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in a 92-75 win against the Rockets.
Dec. 18 vs. Dallas – Scored a season-high 35 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists for his first triple-double of the season in a 114-109 victory over the Mavericks.

Other nominees for NBA Players of the Month included Boston’s Paul Pierce, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Dallas’ Antoine Walker, Detroit’s Ben Wallace, Los Angeles Clippers’ duo of Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, Miami’s Lamar Odom, Milwaukee’s Michael Redd, Minnesota’s Sam Cassell, New Jersey’s Jason Kidd, New Orleans’ Baron Davis, Phoenix’s Shawn Marion, Portland’s Zach Randolph, Sacramento’s Peja Stojakovic and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.