Ellis named West Player of the Week

Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for April 7- 13, the NBA announced Monday. Ellis has achieved the honor four times in his career, most recently as a Milwaukee Buck last season.

Ellis led the Mavericks to a 2-1 record with wins over the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. He averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 assists, four rebounds, one steal and 40 minutes per game during that stretch while shooting 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range.

Ellis scored 37 points (15-of-23) on Saturday night in a 101-98 victory over the Suns to help the Mavs clinch a playoff berth.

Dirk Nowitzki won Western Conference Player of the Week honors last week, making this the first time in franchise history that two Dallas teammates have garnered the honor in back-to-back weeks.