NEW YORK, April 5 –
The New Jersey Nets’ Richard Jefferson
and Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki
were today named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 29 through Sunday, April 4.
Jefferson led the Nets to a 3-1 week, in games played without starters Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, who saw limited action in one game. He averaged 22.5 points on .579 shooting, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists, recording a season-high with 14 rebounds versus Washington and a career-high with 12 assists versus Atlanta. Jefferson has scored 20 or more points in eight of the last nine games.
Nowitzki led the Mavericks to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 32.0 points on .571 shooting, 11.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in games against Cleveland, Sacramento and Phoenix. He recorded a season-high 18 rebounds versus the Cavaliers and scored 34 points in 34 minutes against the Suns.
Here is a closer look at the week for Jefferson and Nowitzki:
Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets
March 29 vs. Boston: Had 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists in an 84-80 loss to the visiting Celtics.
March 31 @ Washington: Tallied 24 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and five assists in a 103-99 overtime win over the Wizards.
April 2 vs. New York: Recorded 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 108-83 rout of the Knicks.
April 4 vs. Atlanta: Had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, a career-high 12 assists and seven rebounds in a 106-89 win over the Hawks.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
March 30 vs. Cleveland: Had 35 points on 14-of-23 shooting, a season-high 18 rebounds and four assists in a 126-109 win over the Cavaliers.
April 1 vs. Sacramento: Had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Mavs defeated the Kings 124-103.
April 3 vs. Phoenix: Recorded 34 points in 34 minutes, seven rebounds and four assists in a 124-103 win over the Suns.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Dallas’ Steve Nash, Detroit’s Chauncey Billups, Golden State’s Jason Richardson, Memphis’ James Posey, Miami’s Caron Butler, Milwaukee’s Brian Skinner, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.