Anthony, James capture NBA weekly honors
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the
Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony were named the NBA’s Eastern and Western
Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the week ending March 19.
James helped lead Cleveland to a 2-1 mark last week by posting an average of
30.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.33 steals per game. The Cavaliers
opened the week with a tough loss to Dallas in which James tallied a double-
double with 36 points and 12 rebounds.
“King” James then notched a brilliant all-around game in a 99-84 victory over
the Portland Trail Blazers. The All-Star forward scored 27 points, grabbed
nine boards, tallied six steals and handed out five assists in the March 17
win. He then bested Kobe Bryant and the Lakers two days later after netting 29
points with eight rebounds and seven assists in a 96-95 win.
Anthony, meanwhile, helped the Nuggets record three wins in four games and
averaged a league-high 31.8 points on 57.8 percent shooting. He also hit his
fourth game-winning basket of the season when his jumper with 2.2 seconds left
propelled Denver to a 101-99 win at Indiana on March 15. He ended that contest
with 31 points.
His game-winner came two days after he tallied 35 points and five boards in a
108-96 win over the Knicks. The forward then hit a milestone during Denver’s
road loss to Memphis on March 17. His 33 points against the Grizzlies helped
him become the second-youngest player in NBA history to score 5,000 career
He capped the week with a 28-point, seven-assist performance in a 109-94
victory over the Hornets on Saturday.
Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade of the Heat, New Jersey’s Vince Carter,
Zach Randolph of Portland and Washington’s Antawn Jamison.