NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2006 – The Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and the Utah Jazz’ Carlos Boozer today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 17.

Arenas led the league in scoring, averaging 40.3 points on .487 shooting in helping the Wizards to a 3-0 record. Arenas added 6.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game. His 60 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 17 is a franchise record and NBA season high. He also scored 40 or more points for the fifth time this season and 30 or more points for the 10th time this season.

Boozer led the Jazz to a 3-1 week while averaging 22.8 points, and added a Western Conference-best 12 rebounds per game. Boozer scored 31 points in a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 11 to help Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan notch his 1000th career victory.

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

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
Dec. 13 vs. Denver: Scored 34 points and added five assists and four steals in a 120-91 win over the Nuggets.
Dec. 15 vs. Miami: Tallied 27 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 106-95 win over the Heat.
Dec. 17 @ L.A. Lakers: Scored a career high 60 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists in a 147-141 win at the Lakers.

Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
Dec. 11 vs. Dallas: Scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the 101-79 win over the Mavericks.
Dec. 13 @ L.A. Clippers: Scored 28 points and added 15 rebounds and three steals in a 105-86 win over the Clippers.
Dec. 15 vs. Sacramento: Tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 98-97 loss to the Kings.
Dec. 17 @ Indiana: Scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds in a 104-94 win over the Pacers.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Chicago’s Ben Wallace, Detroit’s Chauncey Billups, Houston’s Yao Ming, New Jersey’s Jason Kidd, and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.