Players of the Week: Dec. 13-19
NEW YORK, Dec. 20 –
The Miami Heat’s Shaquille O’Neal
and the Phoenix Suns’ Shawn Marion
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, December 13 through Sunday, December 19.
O’Neal brought the Heat to a 4-0 record with home victories over Washington, Denver and Orlando and a road victory at Washington. He averaged 25 points on 65.6 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.25 blocks. He recorded three double-doubles and led the Heat in minutes, rebounds and blocks in three of the four games.
With the Suns off to their best start in franchise history (21-3), Marion tallied three double-doubles this week. Marion led the Suns to a perfect 4-0 record this week, averaging a team-high 23.3 points on 53.0 percent shooting, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.25 blocks in wins over Orlando, Utah, Seattle and Washington.
Here is a closer look at the week for O'Neal and Marion:
Shaquille O'Neal, Miami
Dec. 6 vs. Washington: Posted 25 points in the second half with an overall, season-high 40 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and three assists in a 106-83 win over Washington.
Dec. 15 at Washington: Had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists before fouling out in 36 minutes in a 98-93 win over the Wizards..
Dec. 17 vs. Denver: Recorded his team-high fourth 20/10/5 game with 20 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, season-high seven assists, team-high three blocks and one steal in a 107-100 win over the Nuggets.
Dec. 19 vs. Orlando: Scored a team-high 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal in a 117-107 victory over the Magic.
Shawn Marion, Phoenix
Dec. 13 vs. Orlando: Had a career-high six blocks with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in a 121-100 win over the Magic.
Dec. 15 vs. Utah: Tallied 16 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist in a 108-86 victory over the Jazz.
Dec. 17 at Seattle: Scored 22 points with six rebounds, two steals and one assist in a 112-110 win over the SuperSonics at KeyArena.
Dec. 18 vs. Washington: Recorded a season-high 36 points, a season-high six steals, 14 rebounds, two assists and one block in a 110-96 win against the Wizards.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Paul Pierce, Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Chicago’s Eddy Curry and Kirk Hinrich, Minnesota’s Wally Szczerbiak, New York’s Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Portland’s Darius Miles, Sacramento’s Chris Webber, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Seattle’s Rashard Lewis.