Jan. 5, through Jan. 11
NEW YORK, Jan. 12 –
The Boston Celtics Paul Pierce
and Seattle SuperSonics Ray Allen
were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, January 5 through Sunday, January 11.
Pierce led the Celtics to a 3-1 record averaging 25.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists, recording two double-doubles (points-rebounds) against Eastern Conference opponents Orlando and Detroit.
Allen and the SuperSonics, winners or seven of their last 10 games, went 3-1 for the week. Allen recorded season-highs of 42 points and 16 field goals made in Seattle’s 119-108 overtime win against Portland. Allen averaged 26.8 points on .482 shooting and dished out 7.3 assists per game.
Here is a closer look at the week for Pierce and Allen:
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Jan. 5 vs. Detroit – Recorded 27 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 78-68 loss to the Pistons.
Jan. 7 vs. Orlando – Had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Celtics defeated the Magic 101-93.
Jan. 9 vs. Cleveland – Tallied 30 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a 107-82 win over Cleveland.
Jan. 11 @ Houston – Had 27 points, 13 in the first quarter, and eight rebounds in a 97-93 road win over the Rockets.
Ray Allen, Seattle SuperSonics
Jan. 5 vs. Portland – Recorded a season-high with 42 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a 119-108 overtime win over Portland.
Jan. 7 vs. Sacramento – Had 22 points, seven rebounds and nine assists as the Sonics defeated the Kings 104-93.
Jan. 9 vs. Memphis – Had 15 points and seven assists to record a Western Conference win over the Grizzlies, 122-116.
Jan. 11@ Golden State – Scored 28 points, while recording eight rebounds and five assists in an 113-110 overtime loss to the Warriors.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Detroit’s Ben Wallace, Indiana’s Ron Artest, Milwaukee’s Desmond Mason, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, Orlando’s Tracy McGrady, Sacramento’s Peja Stojakovic and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.