NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2006 – The New Jersey Nets’ Vince Carter and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.


Carter

Nowitzki

Carter averaged 28.6 points on .469 shooting, 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists to lead New Jersey to a 10-4 record, including eight straight wins to finish the month. During the Nets 8-0 stretch, which began Dec. 16 with a win over the Nuggets, Carter averaged 32.8 points, recording eight 20-plus-point games and five 30-plus-point games. Carter recorded a season high and tied his career high with 51 points, while connecting on a franchise-high 23 free throws, in a 95-88 win over Miami on Dec. 23.

Nowitzki averaged 27.2 points on .472 shooting from the floor and .912 from the free throw line, 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Dallas went 12-4 this month, a franchise high for wins in December and the second-most wins by the Mavericks in any month in team history. Nowitzki posted seven games of 30 or more points, recording a season high of 37 in a 105-95 win over Sacramento on Dec. 22.

Here is a recap of the month for Carter and Nowitzki:

Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets
Dec. 9 at Cleveland: Recorded 38 points on 15-of-21 shooting, 11 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks in a 109-100 road win over the Cavaliers.
Dec. 16 vs. Denver: In a 115-106 win over the Nuggets, Carter posted 34 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Dec. 23 at Miami: Tied a career-high with 51 points, including 23-of-24 from the free throw line, while adding eight rebounds and four assists in a 95-88 win over the Heat.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Dec. 9 at Memphis: Posted 35 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mavs past the Grizzlies 90-83.
Dec. 22 at Sacramento: Had a season-high 37 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 105-95 win over the Kings.
Dec. 23 at Seattle: Recorded 34 points, including 15-of-15 from the free throw line, 13 rebounds and seven assists as the Mavs defeated the Sonics 101-98.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Minnesota’s Wally Szczerbiak, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Phoenix’s Shawn Marion.