Monday , Jan , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Marbury and Gasol named NBA Players of the Week

New York, NY (Sports Network) – New York guard Stephon Marbury and
Memphis forward Pau Gasol were named Eastern and Western Conference Players
of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, December 27 through
Sunday, January 2.

Marbury led the Knicks to a 2-1 record, as he averaged 32.3 points, 8.7
assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.33 steals in games against Orlando, Minnesota and
New Jersey last week. The 6-2 guard from Georgia Tech became the first Knick
since Patrick Ewing in the 1996-97 season to score 30-or-more points in three
consecutive games.

Marbury poured in 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting to lead the Knicks past the
Magic in Orlando on December 27. The following night in New York, Marbury
posted a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists as the Knicks knocked off
the Timberwolves 100-87.

Gasol helped the Grizzlies to a 3-0 record last week by averaging 23.7 points,
7.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in wins over the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston and

The 7-foot forward from Spain recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists
in a 117-109 win over the Celtics on December 29. Gasol followed that up on
New Year’s Day with a team-high 23 points, four rebounds and three assists in
a 104-95 victory over the Timberwolves.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were
Houston’s Tracy McGrady, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, New
Jersey’s Vince Carter, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Phoenix’s Amare
Stoudemire and Seattle’s Ray Allen.