NEW YORK – The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 12.
Anthony led the Knicks to a 3-0 week which included wins over the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers. He ranked second in the conference in scoring (27.0 ppg) and steals (2.33 spg) and third in minutes (39.2 mpg). Anthony connected on 12-of-24 field goals en route to 29 points, and added eight rebounds and five assists on Jan. 9, during New York’s 102-92 win over Miami.
Cousins helped the Kings to a 3-0 week which included wins over the Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers. He ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (25.0 ppg), second in rebounding (12.7 rpg) and eighth in minutes (37.2 mpg). Cousins posted a point-rebound double-double in all three of the Kings’ games, and now has a double-double in 10 consecutive contests.
Here is a recap of the week for Anthony and Cousins:
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Jan. 7 vs. Detroit: Posted 34 points, four rebounds and four steals in an 89-85 win over the Pistons.
Jan. 9 vs. Miami: Collected 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists during a 102-92 win over the Heat.
Jan. 11 @ Philadelphia: Tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Knicks topped the 76ers 102-92.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Jan. 7 vs. Portland: Tallied 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 123-119 win over the Trail Blazers.
Jan. 10 vs. Orlando: Scored 24 points and added 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 103-83 win over the Magic.
Jan. 12 vs. Cleveland: Posted 16 points and 11 rebounds during a 124-80 win over the Cavaliers.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Denver’s Ty Lawson, Detroit’s Josh Smith, Los Angeles Clippers’ Darren Collison and Blake Griffin, Memphis’ Mike Conley, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.