By Official Release
Posted Dec 27 2010 2:12PM
NEW YORK -- The Miami Heat's LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 26.
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.
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.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Ellis:
Dec. 20 vs. Dallas: Posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 98-96 loss to the Mavericks.
Dec. 23 @ Phoenix: Scored 36 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 95-83 win over the Suns.
Dec. 25 @ L.A. Lakers: Recorded 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 rebounds as the Heat beat the Lakers 96-80.
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..
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week: Chicago's Carlos Boozer, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, New York's Amar'e Stoudemire and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant.