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James, Nowitzki named Players of the Week

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Posted Mar 1 2010 3:21PM

NEW YORK, March 1, 2010 -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Feb. 22-28.

James averaged a double-double for the week, pacing the Eastern Conference in scoring (30.7 ppg) while ranking second in assists (10.3 apg). Cleveland won all three of its games. On Feb. 25, James scored a game-high 36 points and dished a team-high nine assists as the Cavaliers won in Boston, 108-88. He duplicated those numbers a night later in a 126-118 win in Toronto.

Nowitzki led the league scoring (31.8 ppg) and paced the Mavericks to a 4-0 record as Dallas extended its win streak to seven. Nowitzki added averages of 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. On Feb. 28, Nowitzki recorded a game-high 36 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks in a 108-100 win vs. New Orleans.

Here is a recap of the week for James and Nowitzki:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

• Feb. 26 @ Toronto:
Recorded game highs of 36 points and nine assists in a 126-118 win over the Raptors

• Feb. 25 @ Boston: Scored a game-high 36 points and dished a team-high nine assists in a 108-88 victory at Boston.

• Feb. 23 vs. New Orleans: Tallied 20 points and recorded a game-high 13 assists in a 105-95 win against the Hornets.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Feb. 28 vs. New Orleans: Recorded 36 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks in a 108-100 win vs. New Orleans.

• Feb. 26 @ Atlanta: Recorded 37 points and nine assists in a 111-103 overtime win at the Hawks.

• Feb. 24 vs. L.A. Lakers: Totaled 31 points and nine assists in a 101-96 win over the Lakers.

• Feb. 22 vs. Indiana:
Recorded 23 points and seven assists in a 91-82 win over the Pacers.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, Boston's Rajon Rondo, Dallas' Jason Kidd, Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut, Orlando's Dwight Howard, Phoenix's Amar'e Stoudemire, Utah's Carlos Boozer and Washington's Andray Blatche.•

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