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JMarkJohns
01-04-2005, 05:51 PM
NEW YORK, Jan. 4 –The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during the month of December.

Wade led the Heat to a league-best 14-1 record during December, averaging 23.0 points on 48.4% shooting, 7.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds. He recorded his first career triple-double and only the fifth in franchise history with 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Detroit on December 30. Wade scored at least 20 points in 12 games, including a career-high eight consecutive games to finish the month, and recorded double-figure assists on five occasions, including a career-high three consecutive games from December 21-25.

Nowitzki helped the Mavericks to a 9-4 month, averaging 27.2 points on 42.7% shooting, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.62 blocks. Nowitzki recorded a career-high 53 points, shooting 21-of-22 from the free throw line, had 16 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 113-106 overtime win over the Rockets on December 2. Nowitzki led Dallas in scoring in nine games during December, including four games of 30 or more points.

Here is a look at highlights from the month for Wade and Nowitzki:

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Dec. 21 vs. Boston: Had game-highs in points (33) and assists (11), and recorded four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in a 108-100 win over the visiting Celtics.
Dec. 23 at Sacramento: Had 22 points, a game-high 10 assists and eight rebounds in a team-high 44 minutes in a 109-107 win over the Kings.
Dec. 24 at L.A. Lakers: Recorded a team-high 29 points (four in OT), a game-high 10 assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 104-102 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center.
Dec. 30 at Detroit: Recorded his first career triple-double, tallying 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 89-78 road win over the Pistons.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Dec. 2 vs. Houston: Recorded a career-high 53 points, shooting 21-of-22 from the FT line, 16 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a 113-106 win over the Rockets.
Dec. 7 at Minnesota: Posted 34 points and seven rebounds in a 97-87 road win over the Timberwolves.
Dec. 26 at Denver: Had 36 points, eight rebounds and two assists in a 102-88 win over the Nuggets.
Dec. 28 vs. Boston: Posted 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 113-94 win over the Celtics.

Other nominees: Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor, Los Angeles Clippers’ Corey Maggette, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson, Orlando’s Steve Francis, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Phoenix’s Amaré Stoudemire and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.
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I was a little disappointed to see that Nash and Marion weren't included in the other nominees. 'specially Nash.


With Shaq as a teammate, Wade is as good as any player in the League, so I have no real prollem with his selection.

Nowitzki I have no idea, since I only watched one Dallas game this month. It's hard to argue with his numbers.

alieberman
01-04-2005, 06:56 PM
JMark-

You have my vote for NBA poster of the month.

You may be the only NBA poster here- but you bring great info. Keep it up.

JMarkJohns
01-04-2005, 07:33 PM
Miami Heat head coach Stan Van Gundyand Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for games played in December.

Van Gundy led Miami to a 14-1 record, a Heat franchise record for any month. The team also set a franchise record by winning 13 consecutive games in one month, and won their last 7 road games, the team’s longest streak since an 11-game road winning streak in 1998. Miami ranks first in field goal percentage, shooting 49.6% and held opponents to 43.3% shooting.

D’Antoni led the Suns to a 13-2 record through December, including an 11-game winning streak. The Suns rank first in the league in average points per game (110.3), third in margin of victory (8.9 points) and forth in field goal percentage (47.8%).

Other nominees for the Coach of the Month award were Chicago’s Scott Skiles in the Eastern Conference and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich in the Western Conference.