NEW YORK, Jan. 4 –
The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade
and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki
today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during the month of December.
Wade led the Heat to a league-best 14-1 record during December, averaging 23.0 points on 48.4% shooting, 7.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds. He recorded his first career triple-double and only the fifth in franchise history with 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Detroit on December 30. Wade scored at least 20 points in 12 games, including a career-high eight consecutive games to finish the month, and recorded double-figure assists on five occasions, including a career-high three consecutive games from December 21-25.
Nowitzki helped the Mavericks to a 9-4 month, averaging 27.2 points on 42.7% shooting, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.62 blocks. Nowitzki recorded a career-high 53 points, shooting 21-of-22 from the free throw line, had 16 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 113-106 overtime win over the Rockets on December 2. Nowitzki led Dallas in scoring in nine games during December, including four games of 30 or more points.
Here is a look at highlights from the month for Wade and Nowitzki:
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Dec. 21 vs. Boston: Had game-highs in points (33) and assists (11), and recorded four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a 108-100 win over the visiting Celtics.
Dec. 23 at Sacramento: Had 22 points, a game-high 10 assists and eight rebounds in a team-high 44 minutes in a 109-107 win over the Kings.
Dec. 24 at L.A. Lakers: Recorded a team-high 29 points (four in OT), a game-high 10 assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 104-102 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.
Dec. 30 at Detroit: Recorded his first career triple-double, tallying 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 89-78 road win over the Pistons.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Dec. 2 vs. Houston: Recorded a career-high 53 points, shooting 21-of-22 from the FT line, 16 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 113-106 win over the Rockets.
Dec. 7 at Minnesota: Posted 34 points and seven rebounds in a 97-87 road win over the Timberwolves.
Dec. 26 at Denver: Had 36 points, eight rebounds and two assists in a 102-88 win over the Nuggets.
Dec. 28 vs. Boston: Posted 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 113-94 win over the Celtics.
Other nominees for NBA Players of the Month included Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Los Angeles Clippers’ Corey Maggette, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson, Orlando’s Steve Francis, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Phoenix’s Amaré Stoudemire and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.