Carmelo Anthony and James Harden named Players of the Week

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the games played Mar. 3-9.

Image: Adam Hunger/REUTERS

Image: Adam Hunger/REUTERS

New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony earned his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week selection from the NBA after four standout performances over the past week.

Through four games, Anthony averaged 29.0 points (third in the Eastern Conference), 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 steals (fifth) per game, while shooting 50.0% from the field and 45.2% from beyond the arc.

With New York currently sitting 10th in the East and desperately trying to keep their playoff hopes alive, Anthony led the Knicks to a 3-1 record over the week – including an important win over the fellow playoff-hopeful Cavaliers.

This is Anthony’s 18th Player of the Week nomination, his eights as a Knick and his second this

Check out a recap of Anthony’s four games below:

Mar. 3 @ Detroit: 28 points (11-21 FG, 4-7 3FG and 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 85-96 loss.

Mar. 5 @ Minnesota: 33 points (14-27 FG, 3-10 3FG and 2-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 118-106 win.

Mar. 7 vs Utah: 29 points (10-19 FG, 3-7 3FG and 6-8 FT), four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in a 108-81 win.

Mar. 8 @ Cleveland: 26 points (10-23 FG, 4-7 3FG and 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in a 107-97 win.

Image: Bill Baptist/Getty Images

Image: Bill Baptist/Getty Images

Houston Rockets sharpshooting guard James Harden was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second week in a row after stringing together another stretch of impressive games, highlighted by a 41-point explosion against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Over his four-game week, Harden averaged 30.3 points (second in the league), 6.8 assists (seventh in the Western Conference), 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game (third), while shooting 53.2% from the floor and 45.2% from deep.

The Rockets strung together four consecutive wins over the week (including victories over Eastern Conference leaders Indiana and Miami, and Western Conference playoff-bound Portland – under Harden’s guidance, extending their total streak to five games.

Harden’s best performance of the week came in a five-point overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers, when he exploded for 41 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, six steals and a block.

This is the fourth Player of the Week award of Harden’s career, his second this season.

Check out a recap of Harden’s week below:

Mar. 4 vs Miami: 21 points (9-15 FG, 1-5 3FG and 2-5 FT), four rebounds, 11 assists and one steal in a 106-103 win.

Mar. 5 @ Orlando: 31 points (11-19 FG, 2-7 3FG and 7-7 FT), three rebounds and six assists in a 101-89 win.

Mar. 7 vs Indiana: 28 points (10-17 FG, 4-7 3FG and 4-6 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 112-86 win.

Mar. 9 vs Portland: 41 points (12-28 FG, 7-12 3FG and 10-11 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, six steals and one block in a 118-113 overtime win.

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