NEW YORK, March 14 –
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, March 7 through Sunday, March 13.
Pierce led the Celtics to a 3-0 week, averaging 28.3 points on 48.1% shooting and 50.0% from the three-point line, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.0 steals and only 1.0 turnover in 42.3 minutes per game. Pierce scored 16 fourth quarter points to lead the Celtics past the Hawks 95-91 on March 9 and scored nine of the Celtics 11 points in double overtime to defeat the Pistons on March 11.
McGrady led the Rockets to a 3-0 week on the road against Western Conference opponents Seattle, Phoenix and Sacramento. He averaged 31.7 points per game on 53.2% shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 3.33 steals in 42.3 minutes per game. McGrady recorded two games scoring 30 points or more, tallying 35 against Seattle and 38 against Phoenix.
Here is a closer look at the week for Pierce and McGrady:
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
March 9 vs. Atlanta: Recorded 27 points (16 in the 4th quarter), 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 95-91 win over the Hawks.
March 11 vs. Detroit: Scored a season-high 38 points, while tallying 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 115-113 double overtime win over the Pistons.
March 13 vs. Washington: Had 20 points, going 4-of-7 from the 3-point line, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 105-101 win over the Wizards.
Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
March 8 at Seattle: Tallied 35 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 97-95 road win over the SuperSonics.
March 11 at Phoenix: Recorded 38 points on 16-of-27 shooting, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 127-107 road win over the Suns.
March 13 at Sacramento: Had 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in a 111-96 road win over the Kings.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Dallas’ Jason Terry, Indiana’s Reggie Miller, Los Angeles Clippers’ Corey Maggette, Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal, Sacramento’s Mike Bibby and Toronto’s Donyell Marshall.