Monday , Mar , 19 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bryant, Kidd awarded NBA weekly honors

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and
Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets were awarded Player of the Week honors
for the period ending March 18.

Bryant averaged an NBA best 46.7 points per game in guiding the Lakers to a
2-1 record during the week. The superstar poured in 65 points along with seven
rebounds and three steals in a 116-111 overtime win over Portland on March 16.
He then followed that up with 50 points, six rebounds and three assists in a
109-102 win over Minnesota on March 18.

Bryant became the first Laker to score 50 or more points in back-to-back games
since Elgin Baylor in 1962.

Kidd recorded double-digit assists in four straight games, averaging 14.5
points, a league-best 12.8 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals in helping
lead New Jersey to a 3-1 record.

Kidd scored 18 points to go with 12 assists, six rebounds and four steals in a
112-108 win at New Orleans/Oklahoma City on March 13, and tallied 23 points
and dished out 13 assists in a 101-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on
March 18.