Bryant Named West’s Player of the Week

Kobe Bryant POW 500Kobe Bryant was named the Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Monday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 22, by the NBA. It’s the 23rd time in Bryant’s career that he’s earned such an honor.

Bryant was terrific in leading the Lakers to a 3-0 week, averaging 29.8 points (second in the West), 6.7 rebounds and a team-high 6.7 assists. Furthermore, with his free throw at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter on Nov. 19, Bryant moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) for second on the Lakers’ all-time franchise scoring list; Bryant trails only Jerry West (25,192). On Nov. 17, Bryant recorded his fourth 40-point game of season in a 106-93 win over Detroit, which doubled as the 100th 40-point game of his career.

Here is a game-by-game recap of Kobe’s week:

Nov. 17 vs. Detroit: Tallied 40 points, five rebounds and five assists in a 106-93 win over the Pistons.
Nov. 19 vs. Chicago: Posted 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a 108-93 win over the Bulls.
Nov. 22 vs. Oklahoma City: Scored 26 points (including a few H.O.R.S.E. shots) and added six rebounds, seven assists and two steals in a 101-85 win over the Thunder.

LeBron James took home P.O.W. honors in the Eastern Conference. Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, Houston’s Luis Scola, Memphis’ Rudy Gay, New Orleans’ Marcus Thornton, New York’s Al Harrington, Orlando’s Vince Carter and Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire.