Tuesday , Jan , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Marbury and Finley earn Player of the Week honors

New York, NY (Sports Network) – New York’s Stephon Marbury and Michael Finley
of the Mavericks were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the
Week, respectively, for games played Monday, January 12 through Sunday,
January 18.

Marbury helped guide the Knicks to a 3-1 mark while averaging 22.5 points, a
league-best 12.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. He also posted back-to-
back double-doubles.

On January 12 against Dallas, Marbury had a game-high 38 points on 14-of-24
shooting. He also dished out a game-best 14 assists in the 127-121 overtime
loss. Two nights later, the point guard contributed 26 points and 10 assists
in a 120-110 win over the Magic.

Finley led Dallas to a perfect 4-0 record, which included back-to-back
overtime wins, and scored 26.5 points per game while grabbing 6.3 boards
and 4.0 assists each contest.

He netted 25 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out six assists while
playing all 53 minutes in the overtime win over the Knicks. On January 14
against Philadelphia, he poured in a game-high 32 points and grabbed eight
boards in a double-overtime victory.

Other candidates for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were
Cleveland’s LeBron James, Detroit’s Richard Hamilton, Yao Ming of the Rockets,
Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, the Heat’s Lamar Odom, Minnesota’s Sam Cassell, New
York’s Keith Van Horn, Allen Iverson of the Sixers, Orlando’s Tracy McGrady,
and Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire of the Suns.