Monday , Mar , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Vince Carter and Shaq earn Player of the Week honors

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers and
Vince Carter of Toronto were named Western and Eastern Conference Players of
the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 15 through Sunday,
March 21.

O’Neal, who led the Lakers to a perfect 4-0 mark this past week, averaged 24.2
points and 17.5 rebounds in those four contests. He started the week with a 27
point, 23-rebound performance in a win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.
O’Neal later capped the week with a huge effort, 31 points and 26 rebounds in
a victory over Milwaukee, helping him earn the award.

The Los Angeles big man also added 21 points and 11 rebounds against the
Clippers on Wednesday, and two days later had 18 and 10 in the second end of
the home-and-home series.

Carter garnered the weekly honor for the second time this season, recording
averages of 32.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists while leading the
Raptors to a 2-1 mark.

He started the week with 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of a win
over Utah on Wednesday. He then followed that up with 30 points in a loss to
the Chicago Bulls.

Carter finished off the week with a monstrous effort in an overtime victory
over New Orleans. He scored 42 points and added a career-high 12 assists in
that contest.