NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2008 – The Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Al Jefferson today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan 21 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

Turkoglu guided Orlando to a 3-1 week, including wins over Eastern Conference leaders Detroit and Boston. Leading the Magic in scoring in all four games, Turkoglu averaged 25.5 points on .492 shooting from the field and .500 shooting from three-point range. Turkoglu tallied a game-high 27 points, including the game-winning three-pointer as time expired in Orlando’s 96-93 win over Boston on Jan. 27.

Jefferson led the Timberwolves to a 3-1 week, averaging 28.8 points and 12.8 rebounds. Minnesota defeated three playoff teams from a year ago and its lone loss came by one point at Boston, owner of the NBA’s best record. Jefferson posted three point-rebound double-doubles, including a 40-point, 19-rebound effort in Minnesota’s 98-95 win over New Jersey on Jan. 27.

Here is a closer look at the week for Turkoglu and Jefferson:

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Jan. 21 vs. Detroit: Recorded 26 points, five rebounds and eight assists in a 102-100 win against the Pistons.
Jan. 23 @ Memphis: Connected on 6-of-8 three-pointers and scored 26 points as the Magic bested the Grizzlies 112-85.
Jan. 25 @ Detroit: Tallied 23 points, four rebounds and three assists in a 101-93 loss at Detroit.
Jan. 27 vs. Boston: Totaled 27 points, including the game-winning three-pointer as time expired as Orlando topped Boston 96-93.

Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jan. 21 @ Golden State: Tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 109-108 win over the Warriors.
Jan. 23 vs. Phoenix: Posted 39 points and 15 rebounds in a 117-107 victory against the Suns.
Jan. 25 @ Boston: Registered 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in an 87-86 loss to the Celtics.
Jan. 27 vs. New Jersey: Poured in 40 points and added 19 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in a 98-95 win against the Nets.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Cleveland’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas and LeBron James, Detroit’s Richard Hamilton, Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut, New Orleans’ Peja Stojakovic and David West, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and Amaré Stoudemire, Toronto’s Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon, and Utah’s Deron Williams.