ANTHONY & BRYANT PLAYERS
OF THE WEEK
The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 8 through Sunday, April 14 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA - KEY DATES IN THE NBA
NEW YORK, NY USA
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 8 through Sunday, April 14.
Anthony, who captures his second straight Player of the Week award, helped the Knicks to a 3-1 week. He led the Eastern Conference in scoring (32.0 ppg) and ranked seventh in rebounding (11.5 rpg). Anthony extended a streak he began last week of consecutive games with 30-plus points to seven which tied the second longest such streak in Knicks history, before having it snapped on April 14 during New York’s 90-80 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Anthony tallied 36 points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds during a 118-111 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls on April 11.
The Lakers went 4-0 on the week, 3-0 in games in which Bryant appeared. Bryant led the league in scoring (37.0 ppg), ranked second in the Western Conference in steals (2.67 spg), and added 6.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Bryant, the NBA’s fourth all-time leading scorer (31,617 points), suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon at the conclusion of the Lakers’ 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors on April 12. He finishes the 2012-13 campaign with averages of 27.3 points, a career-high-tying 6.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals.
Here is a recap of the week for Anthony and Bryant:
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
April 9 vs. Washington: Scored 36 points and added eight rebounds and six assists in a 120-99 win over the Wizards.
April 11 @ Chicago: Tallied 36 points and added a season-high 19 rebounds during a 118-111 overtime loss to the Bulls.
April 12 @ Cleveland: Posted 31 points and collected 14 rebounds during a 101-91 win over the Cavaliers.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
April 9 @ New Orleans: Tallied 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals during a 104-96 win over the Hornets.
April 10 @ Portland: Scored 47 points and added eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in a 113-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
April 12 vs. Golden State: Collected 34 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 118-116 win over the Warriors.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Houston’s James Harden, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay, and Utah’s Al Jefferson.
THIS DAY IN THE NBA
April 16, 1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in New York on the same day that the opening game of the first NBA Finals was played--with the Philadelphia Warriors defeating the Chicago Stags 84-71 in Game 1. Abdul-Jabbar went on to play in a record 20 seasons with Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Lakers, setting an NBA record for points scored (38,387) and playing on six NBA Championship teams.
April 16, 1967 Wilt Chamberlain grabbed an NBA Finals record 26 rebounds in one half as Philadelphia defeated San Francisco 126-95 in Game 2. Also, both teams combined for 169 rebounds, tying an NBA Playoffs record.
April 16, 1983 In the regular season finale for both teams, San Antonio defeated Dallas at Reunion Arena 132-120. By hitting 53-of-75 shots, the Spurs set an NBA record for FG percentage (.707) in a single game.
April 16, 1991 The Philadelphia 76ers, in a 108-99 loss to New York at Madison Square Garden, set an NBA record for playing in the most overtime games in a season at 14. The Sixers were 8-6 in those OT games.
April 16, 1993 Following a 113-110 win over visiting Orlando, Cleveland Coach Lenny Wilkens moved into second place on the NBA all-time wins list (trailing only Red Auerbach) with his 865th career victory. Seven weeks later, Wilkens left the Cavaliers to become coach of the Atlanta Hawks, a franchise he began his NBA playing career with when it was located in St. Louis.
April 16, 1994 Golden State’s Don Nelson became the seventh coach in NBA history to win 800 career games, following the Warriors’ 109-105 triumph over visiting Utah Nelson reached 800 wins in 1,372 games, the second-fastest coach to reach that mark, trailing only Red Auerbach’s 1,227 games.
April 16, 1996 The Bulls bettered the 1972 Lakers NBA record of 69 wins in one season with their 86-80 victory at Milwaukee. Chicago finished the season with 72 wins and only 10 losses.
KEY DATES IN THE NBA
Apr. 17: Regular Season ends
Apr. 20: 2013 NBA Playoffs begin
Apr. 28: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
May 7: Conference Semifinals begin (possible move-up to May 6)
May 15-19: 2013 NBA Draft Combine
May 21: Conference Finals begin (possibly move-up to May 19 or 20)
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