Anthony, Harden named NBA’s Players of the Week

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Updated: January 7, 2013

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets guard James Harden have been named the players of the week for contests through Jan. 6.

Anthony led the league in scoring last week at 36.0 points per game and helped
the Knicks to a 2-1 record. He scored 40 or more points twice, including
45 versus Portland on Jan. 1. He also posted 23 points, eight rebounds and
three assists in a 100-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 3.

Harden helped the Rockets to a perfect 4-0 mark, the league’s only unblemished
record of the week, by averaging 29.3 points, 3.25 steals and 5.5 assists. By
the end of the week, Harden had extended his streak of scoring 25 or more
points to 12 games.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week were
Brooklyn center Brook Lopez, Charlotte’s Ben Gordon, Danilo Gallinari of
Denver, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, Miami’s LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Russell
Westbrook, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and
Anthony’s Knicks teammate, J.R. Smith.