Nowitzki is tops in Western Conference for week

Dirk Nowitzki was named the Western Conference player of the week after averaging 24.3 points ad 8.8 rebounds in four games for the Mavericks.

Nowitzki also averaged 3.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and went 26-of-27 from the free-throw line as the Mavs went 3-1, beating Houston, Minnesota and Detroit. Dallas' only loss came against San Antonio.

It was the 11th time that Nowitzki has won the weekly honor.

Nowitzki is seventh in the NBA in scoring (25.7) and free-throw percentage (.915).

Milwaukee Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings, who scored 55 points on Saturday, won the weekly honor in the Eastern Conference.

Dallas visits Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Monday.