NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2006 – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Mo Williams and the Dallas Mavericks’ Josh Howard today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 24.

Williams averaged 25.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game in leading the Bucks to a 3-0 week. He tallied a career-high 11 rebounds in securing his first career triple-double in a 121-95 win over Miami on Dec. 20.

Howard registered averages of 22.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 blocks in helping Dallas, winners of six in a row, to a 3-0 week. He had 25 points in just 30 minutes in a 115-83 win over the Clippers on Dec. 22 and single-handedly outscored Los Angeles 17-14 in the third quarter of that contest.

Here is a closer look at the week for Williams and Howard:

Mo Williams, Milwaukee Bucks
Dec. 20 vs. Miami: Posted 19 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double in 121-95 win over the Heat.
Dec. 22 @ Minnesota: Tallied 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 113-107 win over the Timberwolves.
Dec. 23 vs. New Jersey: Posted 32 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 115-104 win over the Nets.

Josh Howard, Dallas Mavericks
Dec. 18 @ Sacramento: Registered 28 points, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist in 109-91 win over the Kings.
Dec. 20 @ Seattle: Scored 15 points and added six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in 103-95 win over the Sonics.
Dec. 22 vs. L.A. Clippers: Tallied 25 points, two assists, two blocks, one rebound and one steal in 115-83 win over the Clippers.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Golden State’s Baron Davis, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New York’s Jamal Crawford and David Lee, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.