New York -- The New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets' James Harden today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 6.
Anthony, who topped the league in scoring at 36.0 ppg, led New York to a 2-1 week, including a home victory over the San Antonio Spurs. He bookended the week with a pair of 40-point performances against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 1 and the Orlando Magic on Dec. 5. His 45 points against the Blazers tied this season's single-game high (accomplished three times, twice by Anthony and once by Harden).
Here is a recap of the week for Anthony:
Jan. 1 vs. Portland: Tallied 45 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 105-100 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Jan. 3 vs. San Antonio: Posted 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists during a 100-83 victory over the Spurs.
Jan. 5 at Orlando: Scored 40 points and added six rebounds and six assists as the Knicks topped the Magic 114-106.