NEW YORK, Mar. 1, 2006 – The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Phoenix Suns’ Shawn Marion today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.


Wade

Marion

For the month, Wade extended his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures to a career-high 58 averaging 29.8 points on .557 shooting, the highest month average in Heat history. He also averaged 6.5 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals. The two-time All-Star led his team to an 8-2 record and hit the game-winning field goal against Detroit in a 100-98 victory (Feb. 12).

Three-time All-Star Marion is the second player in Suns franchise history (Charles Barkley) to score 30 or more points and grab 15 or more rebounds in three consecutive games. For the month, Marion recorded nine double-doubles and averaged 24.2 points on .538 shooting and 13.9 rebounds leading Phoenix to a 9-1 record. He tallied a total of 25 steals and 15 blocks and had career-high performances in scoring (44 points vs. Boston, Feb. 22) and rebounding (24 rebounds vs. Charlotte, Feb. 25).

Here is a recap of the month for Wade and Marion:

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Feb. 6 vs. Boston: Recorded 34 points while adding eight assists, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in a 114-98 win over the Celtics.
Feb. 12 vs Detroit: Set a franchise record for consecutive points scoring the final 17 points including the game-winner in the Heat’s 100-98 win over the Pistons. He totaled 37 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block.
Feb. 14 vs. Orlando: Tallied 38 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 107-93 victory over the Magic.
Feb. 15 @ Orlando: Posted 36 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one block and one steal as the Heat defeated the Magic 110-100.

Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns
Feb. 4 vs. Chicago: Had 26 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block in a 118-101 win over the Bulls.
Feb. 22 vs. Boston: Posted a career-high 44 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks in a 103-94 victory.
Feb. 25 vs. Charlotte: Recorded 31 points, a career-high 24 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal as the Suns defeated the Bobcats 136-121.
Feb. 27 @ Houston: Tallied 30 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 111-94 win over the Rockets.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Boston’s Paul Pierce, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Detroit’s Chauncey Billups, Houston’s Yao Ming, Los Angeles Clippers’ Elton Brand and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.