NEW YORK, Jan. 27 --
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce
and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 26.
Pierce averaged 35.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 3.25 steals per game as the Celtics finished the week with a 3-1 record. He also averaged 13.5 points in the fourth quarter alone for the week.
Duncan averaged 28.3 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 blocks in leading the Spurs to a 3-1 record. Here is a closer look at the week for Pierce and Duncan:
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Jan. 20 at Philadelphia -- Posted 40 points, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block in a 100-99 win over the Sixers.
Jan. 22 vs. Milwaukee -- Recorded 30 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 106-97 loss to the Bucks.
Jan. 24 vs. Denver -- Had 45 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists in a 77-58 win over the visiting Nuggets.
Jan. 26 vs. Orlando -- Recorded his first career triple-double with 27 points, 13 rebounds, a career-high 13 assists and three steals in a 91-83 win over the Magic.
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Jan 20 vs. Houston -- Had 32 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in an 87-82 win over the visiting Rockets.
Jan. 22 vs. Memphis -- Totaled 30 points, 21 rebounds, five assists and four blocks as the Grizzlies prevailed 98-93 over the Spurs.
Jan. 24 at Utah -- Scored 29 points while adding 17 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in a 91-90 Spurs win over the Jazz.
Jan. 25 vs. Detroit -- Had 22 points, 11 rebounds in 31 minutes as the Spurs defeated the Pistons 108-76.
Other candidates for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Golden State's Antawn Jamison, Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal, Memphis' Pau Gasol, Milwaukee's Sam Cassell, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, New Orleans' Jamaal Magloire and David Wesley, New York's Latrell Sprewell, Phoenix's Shawn Marion and Sacramento's Chris Webber.