NEW YORK, March 15 -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 8 through Sunday, March 14.

Anthony and Ilgauskas have helped their teams into playoff contention.
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Ilgauskas led the Cavaliers to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 21.3 points on 63.4 percent shooting, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.3 assists in games against Atlanta, Toronto and Indiana. In a 106-92 win over the Raptors, Ilgauskas scored 30 points in 29 minutes.

Anthony led the Nuggets to a 3-1 record for the week, with key wins over Washington, Milwaukee and Utah. Anthony averaged 26.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists, scoring more than 23 points in all four contests this week.

Here is a closer look at the week for Ilgauskas and Anthony:

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • March 8 @ Atlanta: Recorded 20 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a 108-102 win over the Hawks.
  • March 10 @ Toronto: Scored 30 points in 29 minutes, and had six rebounds, four assists and two blocks to defeat Toronto 106-92.
  • March 14 vs. Indiana: Tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three assists in a 107-104 win over the Pacers.

    Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

  • March 9 @ Washington: Had 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a 117-87 win over the Wizards.
  • March 10 @ New Jersey: Had 24 points, four steals, three assists and three rebounds in a 98-97 loss at New Jersey.
  • March 12 @ Milwaukee: Recorded 31 points on 11-of-20 shooting, a career-high nine assists and six rebounds to defeat the Bucks 117-111.
  • March 14 vs. Utah: Tallied 23 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 102-75 win against Utah.

    Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Dallas' Michael Finley, Detroit's Chauncey Billups, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, Memphis' Pau Gasol, Miami's Eddie Jones, New Jersey's Richard Jefferson, New Orleans' Baron Davis, Orlando's Tracy McGrady, Philadelphia's Kenny Thomas, Portland's Zach Randolph and Damon Stoudamire and Sacramento's Mike Bibby.