NEW YORK – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 15.
Jennings led the Bucks to a 2-0 week, averaging 43.5 points on .604 shooting from the field, 4.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists. On Nov. 14, Jennings broke Milwaukee’s rookie scoring record with 55 points (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 51), the highest point total by an NBA rookie since 1968 (Earl Monroe, 56), in a 129-125 win over Golden State. His 45 second-half points are the most by an NBA player since Kobe Bryant had 55 on Jan. 22, 2006 against Toronto. Jennings leads all rookies in points (25.6 ppg), assists (5.1 apg), three-point field goal percentage (.567) and minutes (33.9 mpg).
Nowitzki averaged 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 blocks, leading the Mavericks to a 3-1 week, including two road wins. The 7-0 forward led Dallas in scoring on three occasions, including a 29-point, 12-rebound performance on Nov. 11 at San Antonio. Nowitzki went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line on consecutive nights (Nov. 10 vs. Houston, Nov. 11 at San Antonio).
Here is a recap of the week for Jennings and Nowitzki:
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Nov. 11 vs. Denver: Posted 32 points, four rebounds and nine assists in a 108-102 win over the Nuggets.
Nov. 14 vs. Golden State: Poured in 55 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists in a 129-125 win over the Warriors.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Nov. 10 vs. Houston: Tallied 23 points, six rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in a 121-103 win over the Rockets.
Nov. 11 @ San Antonio: Posted 29 points and 12 rebounds in a 92-83 loss to the Spurs.
Nov. 13 @ Minnesota: Scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in an 89-77 win over the Timberwolves.
Nov. 15 @ Detroit: Tallied 25 points, six rebounds, fives assists, two blocks and one steal in a 95-90 win over the Pistons.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Mo Williams, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva, L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Phoenix’s Steve Nash, Portland’s Brandon Roy and Sacramento’s Jason Thompson.