Bryant, Johnson named NBA Players of the Week

Updated: December 19, 2005, 3:16 PM ET

NEW YORK - After averaging 33.8 points and leading his team to a 3-1 record, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Monday was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week.

Bryan, who also averaged 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals, recorded his fourth and fifth 40-point performances of the season.

It was the second Player of the Week honor this season for Bryant, who also earned it in the first week.

Eastern Conference honors went to Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, who averaged 25.3 points - including a career-high 36 in a 122-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday - 7.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds.

Johnson helped Atlanta go 3-1 - its first winning week since the 2003-04 season.

Other nominees in the East included the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the Detroit Pistons' Chauncey Billups, the Indiana Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal, the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and the Philadelphia 76ers' Chris Webber.

Also nominated in the West were Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets rookie chris Paul and Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz.

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