Players of the Week: Jan. 31-Feb. 6
NEW YORK, Feb. 7 --
The Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce
and Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 6.
Pierce led his team to a 3-1 week, averaging 25.0 points on .468 shooting, 5.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals. He recorded a triple-double in the 110-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets, becoming one of only three players this season to record a triple-double by the end of the third quarter.
McGrady led the Rockets to a 4-0 record for the week, averaging 27.7 points on .400 shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.75 steals. To highlight McGrady’s week, he notched 40 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 119-113 overtime victory at Minnesota.
Here is a closer look at the week for Pierce and McGrady:
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Jan. 31 vs. Houston: Had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 97-94 loss to the Rockets.
Feb. 2 vs. New Jersey: Scored 28 points and had 10 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and one block in a 110-89 victory over the Nets.
Feb. 4 vs. Orlando: Notched 18 points, as season-high five steals, four rebounds and three assists in a 112-100 win over the Magic.
Feb. 6 at Minnesota: Had 32 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 103-100 win over the Timberwolves.
Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
Jan. 31 at Boston: Scored 16 points and had five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 97-94 win over the Celtics.
Feb. 2 at Philadelphia: Recorded 34 points, nine assists and four rebounds in a 118-95 victory over the 76ers.
Feb. 4 at Minnesota: Had 40 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 119-113 overtime victory over the Timberwolves.
Feb. 6 vs. L.A. Lakers: Had 21 points, seven assists, two rebounds and two steals in a 103-102 win over the Lakers.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Dallas’ Erick Dampier, Denver’s Kenyon Martin, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, Miami’s Shaquille O'Neal, New Jersey’s Vince Carter and Jason Kidd, Phoenix’s Amaré Stoudemire, Portland’s Damon Stoudamire, Sacramento’s Mike Bibby and Toronto’s Chris Bosh.