NEW YORK, Dec. 22 –
December 22 – The Orlando Magic’s Tracy McGrady
and Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett
were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, December 15 through Sunday, December 21.
Orlando’s McGrady edged out Cleveland’s LeBron James for the weekly honor as the Magic finished with week with a 3-1 record behind two double-doubles (points-assists) from McGrady. He averaged 26.3 points, 8.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds in the four games.
Garnett and the Timberwolves, winners of eight of their last 10 games, were a perfect 4-0 for the week. Garnett averaged 27.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.25 steals and 4.0 blocks per game.
Here is a closer look at the week for McGrady and Garnett:
Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic
December 16 at Chicago – Had 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 102-88 loss to the Bulls.
December 17 at Indiana – In the second night of a back-to-back, posted 21 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, one block and two steals in a 94-90 win.
December 19 vs. Golden State – Had 29 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds as the Timberwolves defeated the Warriors 119-93.
December 21 at Toronto – Scored 29 points while adding five rebounds and five assists in a 104-93 road victory over the Raptors.
Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
December 15 at Boston – Had 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 116-95 win over the Celtics.
December 16 vs. Houston – Tallied 19 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, six blocks and three steals as the Timberwolves defeated the visiting Rockets 92-75.
December 18 vs. Dallas – Had a triple-double with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 114-109 victory over the Mavericks.
December 20 vs. Indiana – Recorded 28 points, nine rebounds, six assists, seven blocks and three steals in a 102-80 win over the Pacers.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Paul Pierce and Jiri Welsch, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Milwaukee’s Joe Smith, New Jersey’s Kenyon Martin, Sacramento’s Brad Miller and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.