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NEW YORK (Ticker) – Atlanta Hawks swingman Joe Johnson and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming on Monday were named the NBA Players of the Week.
Johnson earned Eastern Conference honors after leading the Hawks to victories in two of their three games this past week. He averaged 29.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists, connecting on 41 percent (9-of-22) of his 3-pointers.
The 6-7 Johnson has averaged 28.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season for the Hawks (4-2), who are off to their best six-game start since 1998-99.
Yao was the driving force behind the Rockets’ four-game winning streak last week, averaging 29.0 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting .557 percent from the field and .903 percent from the line.
The 7-6 Yao had his most impressive game against the New York Knicks on Friday, collecting 35 points, 17 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to lead Houston to a 103-94 victory. The All-Star is averaging 27.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in seven games this season.
Other players nominated were Denver forward Carmelo Anthony, Golden State guard Baron Davis, Indiana forward Al Harrington, Los Angeles Clippers guard Sam Cassell, Miami guard Dwyane Wade, Milwaukee guard Michael Redd, Portland forward Zach Randolph, Sacramento swingman Kevin Martin, San Antonio guard Tony Parker and Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer.