NEW YORK, April 17, 2008 Ė The Orlando Magicís Hedo Turkoglu and the Los Angeles Lakersí Kobe Bryant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for games played in April.

Turkoglu led the Magic to a 5-3 month, averaging 19.8 points on .504 shooting and 6.4 assists. Turkoglu led the Magic in scoring in five of the teamís eight games, while helping Orlando secure a No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Bryant, who was fourth in the league in scoring this month, averaged 26.1 points to go along with 5.5 assists, helping the Lakers go 7-1 and earn the top spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Bryant scored 20 or more points in seven of the teamís eight games, including two 30-plus point games. In a win over Portland on April 2, Bryant led the Lakers with 36 points and 13 rebounds. It was the second Player of the Month nod for Bryant this season.

Here is a closer look at the month for Turkoglu and Bryant:

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
April 1 vs. New Orleans: Netted 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 98-97 loss to the Hornets.
April 5 @ Cleveland: Recorded 23 points, five assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a 101-86 win over the Cavaliers.
April 13 @ Chicago: Tallied 24 points, eights assists and three steals in a 104-84 win over the Bulls.

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
April 2 vs. Portland: Recorded 26 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 104-91 win over the Trail Blazers.
April 8 @ Portland: Netted 34 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 112-103 loss to the Trail Blazers.
April 11 vs. New Orleans: Tallied 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in a 107-104 win over the Hornets.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors were Atlantaís Joe Johnson, Bostonís Kevin Garnett, Charlotteís Raymond Felton, Clevelandís LeBron James, Denverís Carmelo Anthony and Houstonís Tracy McGrady.