December 27, 2010
Monta Ellis Named NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week
Warriors guard's 39.7 ppg led the league for the week and helped Golden State to a 2-1 mark
|Monta Ellis scored at least 36 points in all three of the Warriors' games last week. (photo: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The Golden State Warriors’ Monta Ellis and the Miami Heat’s LeBron James today were named the Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 26.
Ellis’ 39.7 ppg led the league for the week and helped Golden State to a 2-1 mark, which included wins over the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. Ellis topped 36 points in all three outings, including a sparkling 44-point performance on 15-of-20 shooting from the field in the Warriors’ lone loss of the week, a 121-112 setback vs. Houston. Ellis also chipped in with 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the week.
James led the Heat to a 2-1 week, which included road wins over the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. James averaged 27.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.33 steals for the surging Heat, which has won 14 of its last 15 games. On Christmas Day, James recorded a triple-double in Miami’s 96-80 victory over the Lakers, posting 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Here is a recap of the week for Ellis:
Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors
Dec. 20 vs. Houston: Tallied 44 points, seven assists and three steals in a 121-112 loss to the Rockets.
Dec. 21 @ Sacramento: Recorded 36 points, seven assists and four steals in a 117-109 win over the Kings.
Dec. 25 vs. Portland: Poured in 39 points and added seven assists and two steals in a 109-102 victory over the Trail Blazers.