NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2006 – The Toronto Raptors’ Mike James and the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 8.



James led the Raptors to a 3-1 week, averaging 25.3 points on .547 shooting from the floor and .619 from three-point range, 7.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds. James eclipsed his season averages for the week by 9.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds, while leading the Raptors in assists in all four contests and in scoring twice.

Nash averaged a league-high 14.3 assists, while scoring 21.3 ppg on .533 shooting and grabbing 3.8 rpg, to lead the Suns to a 3-1 week. Nash not only set a career high with 22 assists in a triple-overtime loss at New York on Jan. 2, but it was the franchise’s second-highest assist total ever, trailing only Kevin Johnson’s club record of 25 on April 6, 1994 and the most in the NBA since Cleveland’s Andre Miller dished out 22 on Dec. 15, 2001.

Here is a closer look at the week for James and Nash:

Mike James, Toronto Raptors
Jan. 3 @ Atlanta: Tallied a team-high 28 points, while adding six assists and two rebounds in a 108-97 road win over the Hawks.
Jan. 4 vs. Orlando: Had 17 points, seven assists and two steals in a 121-97 win over the Magic.
Jan. 6 vs. Houston: Scored a team-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while adding eight assists and seven rebounds in a 112-92 win over the visiting Rockets.
Jan 8 vs. New Jersey: Posted 26 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals in a 105-104 loss to the Nets.

Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
Jan. 2 @ New York: Posted an NBA season-high 22 assists, while adding 28 points and five rebounds in a 140-133 triple-overtime loss to the Knicks.
Jan. 4 vs. Philadelphia: Recorded 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting, six assists and four rebounds in a 105-85 victory over the Sixers.
Jan. 6 vs. Miami: Had 11 points, 19 assists and three rebounds in a 111-93 win over the Heat.
Jan. 7 vs. San Antonio: Posted a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists in a 91-86 win over the visiting Spurs.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Detroit’s Chauncey Billups, Indiana’s Stephen Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, New Jersey’s Vince Carter, New Orleans/Oklahoma City’s David West and Philadelphia’s Samuel Dalembert.