Nowitzki Honored As Western Conference Player Of The Week

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March 8, 2010

NOWITZKI HONORED AS WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dallas - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 1-7. For the first time in his career, Nowitzki earns the honor in consecutive weeks. He was also recognized for his efforts February 22-28.

Nowitzki led the Mavericks (43-21 overall) to a 4-0 week. Dallas extended their season-long winning streak to seven games defeating Minnesota (3/3) and Sacramento (3/5). The Mavericks also finished their Eastern Conference road docket with victories in Charlotte (3/1) and Chicago (3/6). Nowitzki averaged 26.8 points (.482 FG, .962 FT) including 10.5 points in the fourth quarter, to go with 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also recorded a pair of double-doubles.

The 12th year pro posted his sixth 30-point, 10-rebound effort of the season with a game-high 31 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 108-100 victory over the Kings on Friday night.

For the season, Nowitzki averages 25.3 points (7th in the NBA), 7/7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 63 games. He is shooting a career-high 90.9 percent (3rd in the NBA) from the free throw line.

The Mavericks own an NBA-best 11 game win streak dating back to February 17 against Phoenix. Their 11-1 record since the All-Star break is the best in the league.

Miami's Dwyane Wade joins Nowitzki as Eastern Conference Player of the Week.