Monday , Feb , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Wade and Bryant earn Player of the Week honors

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Kobe Bryant
of the Los Angeles Lakers were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of
the Week, respectively, for games played Tuesday, February 17 through Sunday,
February 22.

Wade helped the Heat to a 3-0 record last week, as he averaged 27.0 points,
4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

He netted 31 points in a victory over Utah on February 17 and collected 22
points and seven assists in a triumph over Atlanta three days later. Wade
then completed his stellar week with a 28-point, seven-rebound effort against
Denver on February 21.

Bryant averaged 33.5 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 boards per contest while
shooting 60 percent from the floor, as the Lakers went 4-0 for the week.

He contributed 31 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a victory over
Portland on February 17 and scored 35 points and handed out eight assists in a
win over Golden State the next day. On February 22 versus Phoenix, Bryant
poured in 40 points and pulled down seven boards, as the Lakers defeated the

Other candidates for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were
Detroit’s Ben Wallace, Houston’s Yao Ming, the Clippers’ Elton Brand,
Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson, New Orleans’ Jamal
Mashburn, Orlando’s Tracy McGrady, Sacramento’s Vlade Divac and Toronto’s
Donyell Marshall.