NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2006 – The Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and the Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Sunday Feb. 26.



Behind Arenas' averages of 35.3 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals and shooting averages of 58.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three point range, the Wizards recorded a 3-0 week. Arenas became the highest scorer when playing 30 or fewer minutes as he scored 46 points in 30 minutes in a win over the Knicks on Feb. 25. Larry Bird held the previous record, scoring 43 points in 29 minutes against Cleveland on March 19, 1986.

Yao averaged 26.7 points on .553 shooting and 15.7 rebounds to lead the Rockets to victories over the Clippers, Warriors and Magic. He recorded three consecutive double-doubles for the first time this season, including a 22-point, 21-rebound performance in a 106-102 win over the Clippers on Feb. 22.

Here is a closer look at the week for Arenas and Yao:

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
Feb. 21 vs. Minnesota: Posted 34 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 90-78 victory over the Timberwolves.
Feb. 24 at Cleveland: Had 26 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals as the visiting Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 102-94.
Feb. 25 vs. New York: Connected on a season-high seven three point field goals to record 46 points in 30 minutes to lead the Wizards past the Knicks 110-89.

Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
Feb. 22 vs. L.A. Clippers: Scored 29 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while adding 15 rebounds and two blocks in a 106-102 win over the Clippers.
Feb. 24 vs. Golden State: Posted 22 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Rockets past the Warriors 91-88.
Feb. 26 at Orlando: Had 29 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 89-84 road win over the Magic.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Paul Pierce, Detroit’s Ben Wallace, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade, New Jersey’s Jason Kidd, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Phoenix’s Shawn Marion.