NEW YORK, March 1 – The Detroit Pistons’ Ben Wallace and Utah Jazz’s Andrei Kirilenko were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, February 23 through Sunday, February 29.


Wallace

Kirilenko

Wallace led the Pistons to a perfect 4-0 record for the week, averaging 12.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.75 blocks and 2.00 steals per game. He recorded a double-double (points and rebounds) in three of Detroit’s four games last week.

Kirilenko averaged 25.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.00 blocks, 2.7 assists and 1.67 steals per game, leading the Jazz to a 3-0 record for the week that included back-to-back victories over Seattle.

Here is a closer look at the week for Wallace and Kirilenko:

Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
Feb. 23 at Philadelphia – Scored 12 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, blocked six shots and had two steals in a 76-66 victory over the Sixers.
Feb. 25 at Chicago – Had 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals as the Pistons defeated Chicago, 107-88.
Feb. 27 vs. Atlanta – Scored 11 points on 5-10 FGA and added 15 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and an assist in a 105-83 victory over Atlanta.
Feb. 29 at L.A. Clippers – Recorded his third double-double of the week with 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons defeated the Clippers, 100-88.

Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
Feb. 24 at Seattle – Recorded 27 points and added 10 assists, four blocks, three assists and a steal in a 99-86 road victory over Seattle.
Feb. 25 vs. Seattle – Had a team-high 22 points on 8-14 FGA and added eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in a 93-92 overtime victory over the visiting Sonics.
Feb. 27 vs. Sacramento – Scored a team-high 24 points to go along with 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a 102-97 victory over the Kings.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Mark Blount; Cleveland’s Carlos Boozer, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, LeBron James and Jeff McInnis; Dallas’ Michael Finley; Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett; Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire and Sacramento’s Mike Bibby.