Wednesday , Jan , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Carter, Nowitzki takes NBA’s top honors for December

New York, NY (Sports Network) – New Jersey Nets guard Vince Carter and Dallas
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki were named the Eastern Conference and Western
Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for December on Tuesday.

Carter averaged 28.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists to lead New Jersey
to a 10-4 record. The Nets ended the month with an eight-game winning streak,
in which Carter has averaged 32.8 points per game.

His big game on the month came during a 95-88 win over Miami when he tallied a
season-high and career-high tying 51 points.

Nowitzki averaged 27.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for Dallas, which
went 12-4 in December He posted seven games of 30 or more points, recording a
season-high 37 in a 105-95 win over Sacramento on December 22.

The Rookies of the Month were Charlie Villanueva of the Raptors and Chris Paul
of the Hornets.

Villanueva, the seventh overall pick, led Toronto’s bench in scoring in 10 of
13 games played in December. The team went 3-0 when he scored 19 or more
points. The Raptors went 7-7 in December after recording a 1-15 record in
November.

Paul, the fourth overall pick, also won this award for November. He averaged
16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.6 steals during December.

The Coaches of the Month were Detroit’s Flip Saunders and San Antonio’s Gregg
Popovich.

The Pistons went 13-2 in December, giving Saunders his second straight monthly
honor. The 13 wins were the most for the Pistons in December.

Popovich led the Spurs to a 13-4 month, holding opponents to a league-low .419
shooting. The Spurs, maintaining the best record in the Western Conference,
ranked second in the league in field goal percentage (.480) and held opponents
to 89.6 points per game (third in the league) in December.

DAL NJN