NEW YORK, March 31, 2008 – The Charlotte Bobcats’ Jason Richardson and the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 24, through Sunday, March 30.
Richardson led the Bobcats to a 3-1 week, which included road wins over the Lakers, Sonics and Trail Blazers. Richardson averaged 26.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 block on the week. With his 34-point performance in Charlotte’s victory over the Lakers on March 26, Richardson posted his 13th 30-plus point effort of the season for the Bobcats, extending his franchise record.
Anthony led the Nuggets to a 3-0 week, averaging 26.7 points on .588 shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 steals. Anthony tallied 57 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists in Denver’s final two games of the week, wins over two teams vying with the Nuggets for playoff spots – Dallas and Golden State. Denver is in sole possession of a playoff spot for the first time since Feb. 22.
Here is a recap of the week for Richardson and Anthony:
Jason Richardson, Charlotte Bobcats
March 25 @ Utah: Totaled 26 points and five rebounds in a 128-106 loss to the Jazz
March 26 @ L.A. Lakers: Tallied 34 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in a 108-95 win over the Lakers.
March 28 @ Seattle: Collected 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 96-93 win over the Sonics.
March 29 @ Portland: Recorded 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 93-85 win over the Trail Blazers.