NEW YORK, March 22 --
The Toronto Raptors' Vince Carter
and Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal
were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 15 through Sunday, March 21.
Carter and Shaq dominated the week of March 15-21.|
Ron Turenne, Noah Graham
Carter led the Raptors to a 2-1 week, averaging 32.0 points on .516 shooting, 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds in games against Utah, Chicago and New Orleans. In an overtime win against the Hornets, Carter led his team with 42 points and a career-high-tying 12 assists, scoring eight of Toronto's 12 overtime points.
O'Neal led the Lakers to a perfect 4-0 week, averaging 24.3 points on .685 shooting, a league-high 17.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 3.3 assists. In an overtime win against the Bucks, O'Neal recorded the first 30-25 (points-rebounds) game of his career, scoring 31 points on 14-of-16 shooting and grabbing an NBA-season high 26 rebounds.
Here is a closer look at the week for Carter and O'Neal:
Vince Carter, Toronto RaptorsMarch 17 vs. Utah: Had a team-high 24 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals in an 85-81 win over the Jazz.
March 19 vs. Chicago: Scored 30 points and dished out three assists in a 96-91 loss to the visiting Bulls.
March 21 @ New Orleans: Recorded 42 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a 121-120 overtime win verses the Hornets.
Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles LakersMarch 15 vs. Orlando: Had 27 points, 23 rebounds and five blocks in a 113-110 win over the Magic.
March 17 @ L.A. Clippers: Tallied 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 106-103 win over the Clippers.
March 19 vs. L.A. Clippers: Had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in a 106-100 win over the Clippers.
March 21 vs. Milwaukee: Recorded 31 points on 14-of-16 shooting, 26 rebounds and seven blocks in a 104-103 overtime win over the Bucks.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Chicago's Eddy Curry, Detroit's Chauncey Billups, Golden State's Erick Dampier, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Seattle's Ray Allen, Utah's Andrei Kirilenko and Washington's Kwame Brown.