Nowitzki Is Western Conference Player Of The Week

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March 1, 2010

NOWITZKI IS WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dallas - Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played February 22-28, 2010. Nowitzki earns the honor for the second time this season (also November 9-15) and for the 12th time in his career.

Nowitzki led the Mavericks (39-21 overall) to a 4-0 week with wins at home against Indiana (2/22), L.A. Lakers (2/24) and New Orleans (2/28) and in Atlanta (2/26). Nowitzki averaged a league-best 31.8 points (.548 FG, .667 3FG, .971 FT), including 12.0 points in the fourth quarter, to go with 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He made 33 of his 34 attempts from the free throw line and saw a streak of 41 consecutive makes snapped in the third quarter of the New Orleans game.

The 12th year pro has scored 30 points in each of his last three games including 37 in Dallas' comeback win in Atlanta where he added nine rebounds and four assists in 46 minutes. Nowitzki's current streak of three games with 30+ points is his first since the 2007-2008 campaign.

For the season, Nowitzki averages 25.2 points (7th in NBA), 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 59 games. He is shooting a career-high 90.6 percent (3rd in NBA) from the free throw line.

The Mavericks own an NBA-best seven-game winning streak dating back to vs. Phoenix (2.17). Their 7-1 record since the All-Star break is the best in the league.

Cleveland's LeBron James joins Nowitzki as Eastern Conference Player of the Week.