Players of the Week: Jan. 24-30
NEW YORK, Jan. 31 –
The New Jersey Nets’ Vince Carter
and the Sacramento Kings’ Brad Miller
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, January 24 through Sunday, January 30.
Carter led his team to a 3-1 week, averaging 25.0 points on .494 shooting, 7.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He led the Nets to their first winning Western Conference trip since the 1997-98 season, beating Golden State, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah. Carter notched a season-high 10 assists in a 99-82 win over Utah on January 29.
Miller helped the Kings to a 3-1 week by averaging 24.0 points on .683 shooting (3rd in the league), 12.0 rebounds (6th in the league) and 3.8 assists. He scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds against New Jersey on January 25.
Here is a closer look at the week for Carter and Miller:
Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets
Jan. 26 at Golden State: Scored 17 points, dished nine assists and made two steals in a 113-99 victory over the Warriors.
Jan. 28 at L.A. Lakers: Scored 30 points and had nine assists in a 109-103 win over the Lakers.
Jan. 29 at Utah: Scored 30 points, had a season-high 10 assists and four blocks in a 99-82 win over the Jazz.
Brad Miller, Sacramento Kings
Jan. 25 vs. New Jersey: Scored a season-high 31 points with 12 rebounds and five assists in a 113-93 win over the Nets.
Jan. 28 at Houston: Notched 19 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 117-111 overtime victory over the Rockets.
Jan. 30 at Minnesota: Helped the Kings snap a five-game losing streak to Minnesota with 27 points and 15 rebounds in a 94-84 win.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Paul Pierce, Cleveland’s Drew Gooden, Los Angeles Clippers’ Elton Brand, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Amaré Stoudemire and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.