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NUEVA YORK, 23 de febrero, 2009 — Dwight Howard del Orlando Magic y el español Pau Gasol de los Los Angeles Lakers fueron hoy nombrados jugadores de la semana de las Conferencias del Este y Oeste, respectivamente, por los partidos disputados entre el martes, 17 de enero y el domingo, 22 de febrero. 

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2009 – The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau
Gasol today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for
games played Tuesday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 22.

HOWARD DE ORLANDO Y GASOL DE LOS LAKERS NOMBRADOS JUGADORES DE LA SEMANA DE LAS CONFERENCIAS DEL ESTE Y OESTE

NUEVA YORK, 23 de febrero, 2009 — Dwight Howard del Orlando Magic y el español Pau Gasol de los Los Angeles Lakers fueron hoy nombrados jugadores de la semana de las Conferencias del Este y Oeste, respectivamente, por los partidos disputados entre el martes, 17 de enero y el domingo, 22 de febrero.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2009 – The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau
Gasol today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for
games played Tuesday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 22.

Howard averaged 25.5 points, a league-best 15.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks in leading the Magic to a 3-1
week. Howard led Orlando in scoring twice and in rebounding in all four games. His 45-point, 19-
rebound, eight-block effort in a 107-102 win over Charlotte on Feb. 17 marked the first time a player
tallied 40-plus points, 15-plus rebounds and five-plus blocks in a game since Shaquille O’Neal on March
23, 2001 as a member of the Lakers. The 45 points also marked a career high for Howard.

Gasol won his second straight Player of the Week Award after guiding the Lakers to a perfect 4-0 mark.
Gasol averaged 20.3 points on .635 shooting from the field, 10.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.0 blocks. In a
96-83 win over Atlanta on Feb. 17, Gasol recorded his third career triple-double with 12 points, 13
rebounds and 10 assists. The next night, Gasol tallied 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in the
Lakers’ 129-121 win at Golden State.

Here is a recap of the week for Howard and Gasol:

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Feb. 17 vs. Charlotte: Tallied 45 points, 19
rebounds and eight blocks in a 107-102 win over
the Bobcats.
Feb. 18 @ New Orleans: Collected 12 points
and eight rebounds in a 117-85 loss to the
Hornets.
Feb. 20 @ Charlotte: Posted 13 points, 16
rebounds and six blocks as Orlando won at
Charlotte 92-80.
Feb. 22 vs. Miami: Scored 32 points and added
17 rebounds in a 122-99 win over the Heat.
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Feb. 17 vs. Atlanta: Recorded his third career
triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10
assists in a 96-83 win over the Hawks.
Feb. 18 @ Golden State: Tallied 24 points, 13
rebounds and five assists in a 129-121 win over
the Warriors.
Feb. 20 vs. New Orleans: Collected 20 points,
12 rebounds and six assists in a 115-111
overtime win against the Hornets.
Feb. 22 @ Minnesota: Notched 25 points, five
rebounds, five assists and two blocks as the
Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 111-108.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Cleveland’s LeBron
James, Houston’s Yao Ming, Indiana’s Troy Murphy, Los Angeles Lakers’ Lamar Odom, Miami’s
Dwyane Wade, Milwaukee’s Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva, New York’s Nate Robinson,
Portland’s Brandon Roy and Utah’s Deron Williams.


 

About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.