NEW YORK, April 17 -- The Chicago Bulls’ Ben Gordon and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 16.

Gordon averaged 26.3 points on .492 shooting from the field and .600 from three-point range to lead the Bulls to 4-0 and secure a playoff berth. In a 103-101 victory over the Wizards on April 14, Gordon shot a perfect 9-of-9 from long range, tying the NBA’s all-time record for three-point field goals made in a single game without a miss (Latrell Sprewell, Feb. 4, 2003).



Behind Bryant’s league-high 41.3 points on .487 shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.33 steals per game, the Lakers went 3-0 and clinched a playoff berth. In a win over Portland on April 14, Bryant scored 50 points on 17-of-28 shooting to surpass Elgin Baylor’s single season franchise scoring record of 2,719 points established during the 1962-63 season.

Here is a closer look at the week for Gordon and Bryant:

Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
April 11 vs. New Jersey: Scored 36 points, including a career-high 19-of-21 from the free throw line, to beat the Nets 104-101.
April 12 at Atlanta: Had 19 points and five rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hawks 96-90.
April 14 vs. Washington: Went 9-of-9 from long range to score 32 points in a 103-101 win over the Wizards.
April 16 at Miami: Recorded 18 points and four assists to defeat the Heat 117-93.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
April 11 vs. Golden State: Tallied 31 points, five assists and four rebounds to beat the Warriors 111-100.
April 14 vs. Portland: Recorded 50 points on 17-of-28 shooting, six rebounds and five steals to beat the Trail Blazers 110-99.
April 16 vs. Phoenix: Had 43 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals to beat the Suns 109-89.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Orlando’s Dwight Howard, Sacramento’s Mike Bibby and Utah’s Carlos Boozer.