Hamilton, Bryant take home NBA weekly honors
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton and Los
Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were named the NBA’s Eastern and Western
Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending January
Hamilton notched 22.3 points per game on .635 shooting from the field, making
him one of just four guards shooting over 50 percent from the field. Hamilton
contained opposing shooting guards to an average of 6.3 points and led Detroit
to a 4-0 week after wins over Boston, Atlanta, New York and Houston.
Bryant shot.507 from the field this week to record a league-high 51.5 points
per game. On Sunday, he recorded the second highest point total in NBA history
when he scored 81 in a 122-104 win over Toronto on Sunday. Bryant hit 28-
of-46 shots from the field, setting a Lakers’ franchise record for points in a
game (81), points in a half (55) and field goals made in a half (18). His
output trailed only Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point performance for Philadelphia
on March 2, 1962.
Other nominees for the weekly award included Los Angeles Clippers’ Sam
Cassell, Milwaukee’s Michael Redd, New Orleans/Oklahoma City’s Chris Paul,
Orlando’s Dwight Howard, San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Toronto’s Jalen Rose.