Players of the Week: Dec. 27-Jan. 2
NEW YORK, Jan. 3 –
The New York Knicks’ Stephon Marbury
and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Pau Gasol
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, December 27 through Sunday, January 2.
Marbury led the Knicks to a 2-1 week, averaging 32.3 points on 59.3% shooting, 8.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.33 steals in games against Orlando, Minnesota and New Jersey. Marbury recorded 30 or more points in three consecutive games, becoming the first Knicks player to do so since Patrick Ewing during the 1996-97 season.
Gasol led the Grizzlies to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 23.7 points on 66.7% shooting, 7.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in wins over the L.A. Clippers, Boston and Minnesota. Gasol went 9-10 from the floor on January 1 in a 104-95 win over Minnesota, including 16 points (6-of-6 FG, 4-of-5 FT) as the Grizzlies outscored the Timberwolves 31-19 in the third quarter on their way to victory.
Here is a closer look at the week for Marbury and Gasol:
Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks
Dec. 27 at Orlando: Had 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting, seven assists and two steals in a 119-111 road victory over the Magic.
Dec. 28 vs. Minnesota: Posted a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists, and had seven rebounds and two steals in a 100-87 win over the Timberwolves.
Jan. 1 vs. New Jersey: Recorded 32 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals in a 93-87 loss to the Nets.
Pau Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Dec. 27 vs. L.A. Clippers: Posted 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, eight rebounds and two assists in a 96-76 win over the visiting Clippers.
Dec. 29 vs. Boston: Recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a 117-109 win over the Celtics.
Jan. 1 at Minnesota: Had a team-high 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 104-95 victory over the Timberwolves.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Houston’s Tracy McGrady, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, New Jersey’s Vince Carter, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Phoenix’s Amaré Stoudemire and Seattle’s Ray Allen.