For the second straight week, third time this season and 25th time in his career – an NBA record – Kobe Bryant was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Dec. 27.
Bryant averaged 37.7 points per game to lead the NBA, and added 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.7 steals (first in the West), leading the Lakers to a 2-1 week. Bryant continued his terrific play despite a motley crew of injuries, including an avulsion fracture of his right index finger and most recently a right elbow strain that occurred at the close of the third quarter of L.A.’s Saturday victory in Sacramento, which featured his two three-pointers in double overtime.
Here’s a recap of Bryant’s week:
Dec. 22 vs. Oklahoma City: Poured in 40 points and added eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 111-108 win over the Thunder.
Dec. 25 vs. Cleveland: Recorded 35 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in a 102-87 loss to the Cavaliers.
Dec. 26 @ Sacramento: Posted 38 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 112-103 win over the Kings.
LeBron James earned the nod for his work in the Eastern Conference, and other nominees included Atlanta’s Al Horford, Cleveland’s Mo Williams, Dallas’ Erick Dampier, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Kaman, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Portland’s Brandon Roy.