Dwight Howard Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Month

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard scores during the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on December 1, 2010. The Magic won 107-78. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

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Here is the official word from the Orlando Magic:

ORLANDO’S DWIGHT HOWARD NAMED NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

-Monthly award marks the fifth of his NBA career-

Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for games played during October/November. It marks the fifth time of his career that Howard has earned the league’s top monthly honor (April 2006, November 2006, November 2007, December 2007).

Howard was fifth in the Eastern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.8 points on .594 shooting, which ranked second in the conference and third in the league. To go along with his offensive production, Howard ranked fourth in the league in rebounds, averaging 12.1. He helped the Magic get off to a 13-4 start, putting the team atop the Southeast division. Howard’s month was highlighted by his defensive performance on Nov. 3 versus Minnesota, where he had eight blocks, representing an NBA season high, while also setting a new Magic franchise record for blocks in a quarter with six. Howard hit the game-winning shot on Nov. 27 at Washington, and in addition, he was named player of the week twice, for weeks ending Nov. 7 and Nov. 28.

Here is a recap of the month for Howard:

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Nov. 3 vs. Minnesota: Recorded 18 points, 16 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks in a 128-86 win over the Timberwolves.

Nov. 5 vs. New Jersey: Tallied 30 points and 16 rebounds in a 105-90 victory over the Nets.

Nov. 24 vs. Miami: Registered 24 points to go along with 18 rebounds in a 111-100 victory over the Heat.

Nov. 27 @ Washington: Compiled a season-high 32 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and hit the game-winning  shot to defeat the Wizards by a score of 100-99.

Utah’s Deron Williams took home the monthly award for the Western Conference.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors were Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, New Orleans’ Chris Paul, New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.

The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month are part of a series of on-court performance awards called “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” The series, currently in its fourth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes four of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player Award, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, and Most Improved Player.  Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA and the all-new Kia Optima is the league’s Official Vehicle.  For more information on the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards” visitwww.NBA.com/awards.

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