Bryant Named Western Player of the Week

Kobe Player of the WeekKobe Bryant was named the Western Conference Players of the Week for the first time this season for games played Monday, Dec. 22, through Sunday, Dec. 28.

Bryant averaged 30.0 points on 54 percent shooting, plus 5.5 boards and 4.0 assists to lead the Lakers to a 4-0 week, including L.A.’s big Christmas Day 92-83 win over Boston, in which he tallied a game-high 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Kobe capped off the week with 31 points, four steals, four assists and three boards in a 130-113 victory over Golden State.

Here’s a recap of Bryant’s week courtesy of

• Dec. 22 @ Memphis: Tallied 36 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Lakers’ 105-96 win over the Grizzlies.
• Dec. 23 @ New Orleans: Finished with 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Lakers’ 100-87 win over the Hornets.
• Dec. 25 vs. Boston: Scored a game-high 27 points, to go with nine rebounds and five assists in the Lakers’ 92-83 win over the Celtics.
• Dec. 28 vs. Golden State: Hit for 31 points and tied a season-high with four steals in the Lakers’ 130-113 win over the Warriors.

Other nominees for the Western Conference Players of the Week were Houston’s Yao Ming, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.