NEW YORK, January 2, 2007 – The Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for December, 2006.

Arenas averaged a league-best 34.1 points and added 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game in leading Washington to a 12-4 record for the month, including a 6-1 mark at home. He scored a career-high 60 points in a 147-141 (OT) win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 17 and poured in 54 points in a 144-139 (OT) win over Phoenix on Dec. 22 that ended the Suns’ 15-game winning streak. Arenas registered 30 or more points in 12 of the 16 games played in December including five of the last six.

Bryant averaged 30.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in helping the Lakers to a 10-6 record in December. He scored 58 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a 133-124 (3 OT) loss at Charlotte on Dec. 29 and posted 53 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 112-101 (2 OT) win over Houston on Dec. 15.

Here is a recap of the month for Arenas and Bryant:

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards

  • Dec. 4 vs. Dallas: Posted 38 points, eight assists, two rebounds and one steal in 106-97 win over the Mavericks.
  • Dec. 17 at L.A. Lakers: Poured in a career-best 60 points and added eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 147-141 (OT) win over the Lakers.
  • Dec. 22 at Phoenix: Posted 54 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal in 144-139 (OT) win over Suns that ended Phoenix’s 15-game winning streak.
  • Dec. 27 at Charlotte: Tallied 39 points, eight assists, six rebounds and one steal in 114-107 (3 OT) win over Charlotte.

    Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Dec. 10 vs. San Antonio: Tallied 34 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a 106-99 win over the Spurs.
  • Dec. 15 vs. Houston: Had 53 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 112-101 (2 OT) win over the Rockets.
  • Dec. 29 at Charlotte: Poured in 58 points and added five rebounds and four assists in 133-124 (3 OT) loss to the Bobcats.
  • Dec. 31 vs. Philadelphia: Scored 34 points while adding eight rebounds and six assists as the Lakers topped the 76ers, 104-94.

    Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Chicago’s Ben Gordon, Dallas’ Josh Howard, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, Milwaukee’s Maurice Williams, Phoenix’s Steve Nash, Portland’s Zach Randolph and Utah’s Carlos Boozer.