Iverson, Boozer named NBA players of the week
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson and
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer were named the NBA’s top players for the week
ending November 5.
Iverson captured the Eastern Conference honor after averaging a league-best
34.0 points on 49.3 percent shooting with 9.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per
game, as Philly opened its season at 3-0. Iverson has registered 30-plus
points in six consecutive games dating back to last season, and has netted
30-plus in his last three season openers. That ties Michael Jordan’s streak
from the 1995-96 through 1997-98 seasons.
Boozer helped the Jazz to a 3-0 record after averaging 20.7 points on 50
percent shooting with a league-leading 15.0 rebounds to garner the Western
Conference award. Boozer posted double-doubles in all three games, while also
leading Utah in scoring (20.7). He led the Jazz back from a 15-point deficit
in the second half against the Suns for the first Utah win in Phoenix since
the 2003-04 season.
Other nominees for the awards were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Detroit’s Richard
Hamilton, Houston’s Yao Ming, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, the Los Angeles
Lakers’ Lamar Odom, Milwaukee’s Charlie Villanueva, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett,
and New Orleans/Oklahoma City’s David West.