Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant and Odom capture NBA monthly honors

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Two of the NBA’s hottest teams in March had
two of the league’s hottest players, and both were named NBA Players of the
Month on Thursday.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant earned Western Conference Player of the
Month honors after leading his team to a 13-3 record during March. He averaged
25.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists, shooting 45 percent from the field.

The Lakers have posted nine straight wins — including victories over
Conference powers Minnesota and Sacramento — to pull within one game of the
Kings for first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, Miami Heat forward Lamar Odom has led one of the
more surprising turnarounds by any team this season. Odom averaged 17.4 points
and 10.9 rebounds in March as the Heat used a 12-3 record to climb the
Conference playoff ladder and move into a tie for fourth place.

In a March 6 victory over Sacramento, Odom posted the first Miami heat triple-
double in nine years with a season-high 30 points, a career-high 19 rebounds
and 11 assists.

Other nominees for Players of the Month included Cleveland’s Carlos Boozer,
Dallas’ Steve Nash, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Detroit’s Richard Hamilton,
Indiana’s Ron Artest and Jermaine O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers’ Shaquille
O’Neal, Memphis’ James Posey, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New York’s Stephon
Marbury and Philadelphia’s Kenny Thomas.