Billups, Bryant Named Players of the Month
Posted Feb 1 2006 2:54PM
NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2006 – The Detroit Pistons’ Chauncey Billups and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.
Billups averaged 20.5 points, 8.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds to lead Detroit to a 13-2 record, including 11 consecutive victories. He had three games of 30 or more points and six games of nine or more assists. Billups scored 26 second-half points in a 95-89 win over Memphis on Jan. 27.
Bryant notched the second highest scoring performance (Wilt Chamberlain, 100 points) in NBA history with 81 points on 28-of-46 (.609) shooting on January 22 vs. Toronto. Bryant’s 43.4 ppg is the eighth highest monthly scoring average, with Chamberlain holding the top seven highest monthly marks. He recorded his fourth straight game of 45-plus points with 45 points vs. Indiana on Jan. 9, becoming the first player since Chamberlain (Nov., 1964) to record four consecutive games of 45-plus points and only the third player ever to do so (Elgin Baylor). He also surpassed his previous Lakers franchise record of 43 consecutive free throws when he connected on 62 consecutive free throws during games played from Jan. 11-22.
Here is a recap of the month for Billups and Bryant:
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Houston’s Tracy McGrady, Los Angeles Clippers Elton Brand, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Milwaukee's Michael Redd and Washington’s Antawn Jamison.