Nowitzki Named Western Conference Player of the Month for April
For Immediate Release April 17, 2009
NOWITZKI NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL
DALLAS—Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was named Western Conference Player of the Month for April the NBA announced today. Nowitzki earns the honor for the fifth time in his career and first time since February, 2007.
“It is important for me to play well at this time of year and I want to play my best basketball when there is something at stake,” Nowitzki said. “We had a lot to play for in April and it is an honor to be named player of the month this close to the postseason. We are looking forward to a great playoff run.”
Nowitzki led the Mavericks (50-32) to a 6-2 month as they clinched the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. In that stretch, Dallas was 6-0 at home, winning by an average of 12.7 points. The Mavericks won four of five games versus +.500 opponents (including four straight from 4/1-10).
Nowitzki averaged 30.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in eight starts while shooting 55.1% (87-158 FGs) from the floor, 35.3% (6-17 3FGs) from 3-point range and 87.3% (62-71 FTs) from the line. The 10-year veteran recorded five 30-point outings with two double-doubles.
In the regular season finale vs. Houston (4/15), Nowitzki helped Dallas to its ninth consecutive 50-win season with 30 points and a season-high tying 15 rebounds in 41 minutes.
Dallas becomes only the fourth franchise in NBA history to win 50 games over nine straight seasons (San Antonio, Boston, L.A. Lakers).
Nowitzki, the NBA’s fourth leading scorer (25.9 ppg), closed the regular season by scoring 20+ points in each of the last 25 games dating back to vs. Oklahoma City (2/27) – the longest such streak in the NBA this season. Nowitzki also ranked 16th in rebounds per game (8.4) and seventh in free throw percentage (.890) among NBA leaders.