Players of the Week: Dec. 20-26
NEW YORK, Dec. 27 –
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson
and the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western
Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, December 20 through Sunday, December 26.
Iverson led the Sixers to a 1-1 week, averaging league-highs in points (45.5) and steals (4.0), while tallying 5.5 assists per game in contests against Utah and Indiana.
Iverson shot 30-of-54 (55.6%) and 6-of-12 (50.0%) from three-point range this week, up considerably from season averages of 42% shooting and 29.1% three-point
shooting. He recorded his second 50-point game of the season on December 20, scoring 51 versus the Jazz.
Nash led the Suns to a perfect 3-0 week, extending their best start in franchise history and maintaining the best record in the NBA at 24-3. He averaged 16.7 points on
.545 shooting and a league-high 12.3 assists per game in wins over Denver, Memphis and Toronto. In the Suns 106-94 win over the Raptors on December 26, Nash set
an NBA record for most consecutive winning games with double figure assists with 11, surpassing Magic Johnson’s record of 10 during the 1986-87 season.
Here is a closer look at the week for Iverson and Nash:
Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
Dec. 20 vs. Utah: Recorded a game-high 51 points on 18-of-31 shooting, six assists and seven steals in a 103-101 loss to the visiting Jazz.
Dec. 22 at Indiana: Tallied 40 points, six assists and one steal in a 102-90 road win against the Pacers.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
Dec. 20 at Denver: Had 15 points and 10 assists in a 107-105 road win over the Nuggets.
Dec. 23 vs. Memphis: Tallied 17 points and 14 assists in a 109-102 win over the visiting Grizzlies.
Dec. 26 vs. Toronto: Recorded 18 points, 13 assists and two rebounds in a 106-94 victory over the Raptors.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Golden State’s Jason Richardson, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson, Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire, Portland’s Zach Randolph and Utah’s Carlos Boozer.