NEW YORK, April 18 –
New Jersey’s Jason Kidd
and Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady
today were named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17.
Kidd led the Nets into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 week, averaging a triple-double of 18.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 10.0 assists in games against Indiana, Toronto and Philadelphia. Kidd tallied 16 assists, 11 points and 10 rebounds against Philadelphia on April 17, marking an NBA-high eight triple-doubles this season and placing him fourth all-time with 67 triple-doubles in his career. Kidd had season highs this week in points (29) and rebounds (15) against Indiana on April 13.
McGrady led the Rockets to a perfect 3-0 week against playoff-bound Seattle, Memphis and Denver. He averaged a conference-high 31.0 points on 48.4% shooting, 7.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists and two blocks per game. McGrady scored 38 points at Seattle on April 11 and 32 points against Denver on April 16, as Houston improved to 22-3 when he scores 30 or more points this season.
Here is a closer look at the week for Kidd and McGrady:
Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
April 13 at Indiana: Recorded season-highs in points (29) and rebounds (15), while adding six assists and two steals in a 90-86 loss to the Pacers.
April 15 at Toronto: Had 15 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a 101-90 win over the Raptors.
April 17 vs. Philadelphia: Had a triple-double of 16 assists, 11 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four steals in a 104-83 win over the Sixers.
Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
April 11 at Seattle: Had a game-high 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds and four assists in a 90-78 road win over the SuperSonics.
April 13 vs. Memphis: Scored 23 points, while having eight rebounds, eight assists and three blocks in a 100-92 defeat of the Grizzlies.
April 16 vs. Denver: Tallied a game-high 32 points, shooting 6-of-7 from three-point range, eight assists and three blocks in a 115-87 win over the Nuggets.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Paul Pierce, Denver’s Andre Miller, Detroit’s Ben Wallace, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Phoenix’s Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire and Washington’s Antawn Jamison.