Carter

O'Neal
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 – The Toronto Raptors’ Vince Carter and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 7.

The Raptors went 4-0 this past week behind two double-doubles (points-assists) from Carter and a team-high 23.5 ppg with 7.8 apg. Carter also shot .467 from the field (35-75 FGA) and .947 from the free throw line (18-19 FTA).

O’Neal and the Lakers have now won a league-high nine straight games including three this past week. O’Neal averaged 19.7 ppg on .513 shooting (20-39 FGA) with a league-high 16.7 rpg and 4.7 blocks per game.

Here is a closer look at the week for Carter and O’Neal:

Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors
December 2 at Philadelphia – Had 21 points, a career-high 12 assists, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in a 95-88 road win over Philadelphia.
December 3 vs. Boston – In the second night of a back-to-back, posted 21 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, one block and two steals in a 105-95 win.
December 5 vs. Atlanta – Had 22 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, to beat the Hawks, 92-87.
December 7 vs. Seattle – Scored a team-high 30 points with six assists and four rebounds in a 108-98 win.

Shaquille O’Neal, LA Lakers
December 3 at San Antonio – Had 15 points, a game-high 16 rebounds and a season-high nine blocks in a 90-86 win over the defending NBA Champion Spurs.
December 4 at Dallas – Tallied 25 points, a game-high 19 rebounds, five assists and three blocks handing the Mavericks their first home loss of the season, 114-103.
December 7 vs. Utah – Nearly had a triple-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in a 94-92 victory.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Detroit’s Ben Wallace, Houston’s Yao Ming, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin, New Orleans' Baron Davis and Jamaal Magloire, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Phoenix’s Stephon Marbury.