Players of the Week: Jan. 3-Jan. 9
NEW YORK, Jan. 10 –
The Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh
and the San Antonio Spurs’ Bruce Bowen
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, January 3 through Sunday, January 9.
Bosh led Toronto to a 3-1 week, recording wins against Orlando, Sacramento and Golden State. He averaged 20.5 points on 60% shooting and 13.0 rebounds this week, up significantly from season averages of 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. Bosh recorded a double-double (points-rebounds) in every game this week, and posted a career-high in rebounds (17) against Golden State and tied a career-high in points (25) against Orlando.
Bowen led San Antonio to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 17.3 points on 55.9% shooting in games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana and Denver. He set a career-high with 24 points, connecting on five three-pointers, in a win over the Lakers on January 4. Bowen’s defense limited Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to 17 points (11.5 points below his season average of 28.5 points), Indiana’s Reggie Miller to 11 points (4.7 points below his season average of 15.7 points), and Denver’s Carmelo Anthony to eight points (13.2 points below his season average of 21.2 points).
Here is a closer look at the week for Bosh and Bowen:
Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
Jan. 3 vs. Orlando: Tied a career-high with 25 points, and posted 12 rebounds and three assists in a 105-94 win over the Magic.
Jan. 25 vs. Sacramento: Had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-93 victory over the Kings.
Jan. 7 vs. Milwaukee: Tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 107-105 overtime loss to the Bucks.
Jan. 9 vs. Golden State: Recorded 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, a career-high 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 109-87 win over the visiting Warriors.
Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
Jan. 4 vs. L.A. Lakers: Scored a career-high 24 points, including five three-pointers, and posted four rebounds and two assists in a 100-83 win over the Lakers.
Jan. 6 vs. Indiana: Had 11 points, two rebounds and one steal in a 111-98 win over the visiting Pacers.
Jan. 8 vs. Denver: Tallied 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, two rebounds and two steals in a 99-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, Orlando’s Steve Francis, Phoenix’s Shawn Marion, San Antonio’s Tim Duncanand Washington’s Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes.