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Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett named NBA Players of the Month

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Indiana's and Minnesota's were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during the month of December. O'Neal recorded 11 double-doubles and helped lead the to a 9-7 record during the month. He averaged 21.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and was the only Eastern Conference player to post at least 20 points and 10 boards per contest.

He poured in 32 points, hauled in 14 rebounds and blocked a franchise-high eight blocks in an 89-82 win over Phoenix on December 1. Four nights later, O'Neal scored 30 points and grabbed nine boards in a 101-94 victory over the .

Garnett averaged 26.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in leading the to a scorching 11-2 mark in December, the best record in team history for the month. The power forward leads the NBA in rebounds per outing (13.7) and total rebounds (448).

On December 5, Garnett scored 33 points, including two three-pointers in overtime, pulled down a career-high 25 boards, handed out six assists and blocked three shots in a 112-109 overtime win over Sacramento.

He posted his first triple-double of the season in a December 18 victory over the . Garnett scored a season-high 35 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the 114-109 win.

Other nominees for NBA Players of the Month included Boston's , Cleveland's , Dallas' , Detroit's , Los Angeles ' duo of and , Miami's , Milwaukee's , Minnesota's , New Jersey's , New Orleans' , Phoenix's , Portland's , and Sacramento's and San Antonio's .

Cleveland's and Denver's were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played during the month of December. James and Anthony each won the award for the second consecutive month.

James is one of only two players in the NBA averaging at least 20 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He scored 30 points or more five times during the month and leads all rookies in points and is second in assists.

Anthony led the to a 9-7 record in December by averaging 18.4 points and 6.2 boards per contest.

New Jersey's Byron Scott and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Scott had an Eastern Conference-best 10-5 record in the month, including a 7-2 mark at home. Popovich orchestrated the ' league-best 13-2 mark in the month, including a 13-game winning streak.

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