NEW YORK, March 29 --
The Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest
and Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant
were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 22 through Sunday, March 28.
Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest led their respective teams to an unbeaten week.|
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Artest led the Pacers to a perfect 4-0 week, averaging 22.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 steals versus Chicago, Dallas, Orlando and Miami. In the Pacers' two games without their leading scorer, Jermaine O'Neal
, Artest averaged 27.5 points and tied a team record with eight steals against the Mavericks.
Bryant guided the Lakers to a 3-0 week, averaging a stellar 35.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in wins over Sacramento, Minnesota and Utah. He posted 36 points in 37 minutes in the Lakers 115-91 rout of the Western Conference-leading Sacramento Kings.
Here is a closer look at the week for Artest and Bryant:
Ron Artest, Indiana PacersMarch 22 vs. Chicago: Had 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 101-77 rout of the Bulls.
March 24 vs. Dallas: Tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and tied a team record of eight steals as the Pacers defeated the Mavericks 115-91.
March 26 @ Orlando: Recorded a career-high 35 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 107-92 win over Orlando.
March 28 vs. Miami: Recorded a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, as well as four assists and four steals in an 87-80 win over the Heat.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles LakersMarch 24 vs. Sacramento: Scored 36 points in 37 minutes, had six rebounds and six assists in a 115-91 win over the visiting Kings.
March 26 vs. Minnesota: Recorded 35 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a 90-73 win over the Timberwolves.
March 28 vs. Utah: Had 34 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Lakers defeated the Jazz 91-84.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Golden State's Erick Dampier, Houston's Yao Ming, Miami's Lamar Odom and Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia's Kenny Thomas and Portland's Damon Stoudamire.