NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2007 – The Toronto Raptors Chris Bosh and the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for January, 2007.

Bosh averaged 25.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading the Raptors to a 10-5 record for the month. Named last week as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, he led the team in scoring 13 times and had game highs on 10 occasions. Bosh also recorded three games with 14 or more rebounds, and set a career-high of six blocks while leading the Raptors to a 90-77 win over Milwaukee.

Nash averaged a league-best 13.0 assists and added 18.0 points and 3.5 rebounds for the month. He set a new career-best with 21 assists in a win over Cleveland on Jan. 11 and totaled 208 assists on the month, the highest total since John Stockton’s 208 in March, 1995. He dished out double figures in assists in 13-of-16 games in January, had 12 double-doubles and helped guide the Suns to a 15-1 record, tying the best January record in NBA history.

Here is a recap of the month for Bosh and Nash:

Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors

  • Jan. 7 vs. Washington: Had 24 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a 115-11 defeat of the Wizards.
  • Jan. 10 at Milwaukee: Recorded 30 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in a 90-77 win over the Bucks at Bradley Center.
  • Jan. 14 vs. Dallas: Had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the Raptors lost to the Mavericks 97-96.
  • Jan. 24 vs. New Orleans/Oklahoma City: Tallied a career-high 35 points while adding seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 90-88 win over the Hornets.

    Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

  • Jan. 11 vs. Cleveland: Set a career-high with 21 assists in 109-90 win over the Cavaliers.
  • Jan. 17 at Houston: Scored 21 points and added 14 assists and four rebounds in 100-91 win over the Rockets.
  • Jan. 23 at Washington: Had 27 points, 14 assists, four rebounds and one steal in 127-105 win over the Wizards.
  • Jan. 28 at Cleveland: Tallied 23 points, 15 assists and three rebounds in 115-100 win over the Cavaliers.
  • Jan. 29 at Minnesota: Scored 20 points while adding 18 assists and five rebounds in 121-112 loss to the Timberwolves that ended the Suns winning streak at a franchise-best 17 games.

    Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Chicago’s Ben Gordon, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Houston’s Tracy McGrady, New Jersey’s Jason Kidd and New York’s Eddy Curry.