Rose led Chicago to a 4-0 week with averages of 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 1.75 steals. Rose tallied 30-plus points twice, including a high of 35 to close the week on March 4 during a 96-91 win at Philadelphia. With three of their four wins coming away from the United Center, Rose’s Bulls own the NBA’s best mark on the road, 17-6 (.739).
Lawson led the Nuggets to a 3-0 week with averages of 20.7 points, a Western Conference-best 11.7 assists and 7.0 rebounds. Lawson posted two point-assist double-doubles, including a 22-point, 11-assist, nine-rebound effort on March 4 at San Antonio during a 99-94 Nuggets win. Lawson had just four turnovers on the week.
Here is a recap of the week for Rose and Lawson:
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Feb. 28 vs. New Orleans: 32 points, nine assists and three steals in a 99-95 win over the Hornets.
Feb. 29 @ San Antonio: 29 points, four assists in a 96-89 win over the Spurs.
March 4 @ Philadelphia: 35 points, eight assists and four rebounds in a 96-91 win over the 76ers.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
Feb. 29 vs. Portland: 18 points, nine assists and five rebounds in a 104-95 win over the Trail Blazers.
March 2 @ Houston: 22 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds in a 117-105 win over the Rockets.
March 4 @ San Antonio: 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in a 99-94 win over the Spurs.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Memphis’ Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, New Jersey’s Deron Williams, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.