- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Last night at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.:


Gilbert Arenas picked up the Eastern Conference player of the week award for the second consecutive week, marking the third time this season he has received the honor.

Arenas, who has earned the award four times in his career, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant are the only players to win the award twice this season. He is also the first Washington player to do so in consecutive weeks.

“It’s an outstanding honor,” he said. “I give a lot of credit to my teammates, who played an important role helping me win this award.”

Arenas beat out Boston’s Paul Pierce and Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson by averaging 35.3 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals a game in wins over Minnesota, Cleveland and New York.

Arenas closed the week with a 46-point performance against the Knicks on Saturday. No player has scored as many points as Arenas in just 30 minutes since the introduction of the shot clock in 1954.


The Grizzlies shot a season-high 58.8 percent from the field.


“I didn’t know what he had.”

— Memphis coach Mike Fratello when asked what he thought about Pau Gasol’s career-high 39 points.

John N. Mitchell

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