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SALT LAKE CITY (December 3, 2007) - The NBA announced today that Jazz forward Carlos Boozer was named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played from the start of the season (Oct. 30) through November.
Boozer ranked third in the NBA in scoring (25.4 ppg) and tied for eighth in rebounds (11.2 rpg) while helping the Jazz to an 11-5 start. Boozer's .577 field goal percentage was the sixth-best mark in the league. Boozer scored at least 30 points six times and posted 12 double-doubles, including six straight to open the season.
This is the first Player of the Month award for Boozer, who has won Player of the Week honors three times in his career. He is the first Jazzman to claim the monthly award since Karl Malone won it for November of 2000.
Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November. Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Boston's Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Cleveland's LeBron James, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince, Houston's Tracy McGrady, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Kaman, New Jersey's Richard Jefferson, Phoenix's Steve Nash, and San Antonio's Tony Parker.
Here is a closer look at the month for Boozer:
Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
Oct. 30 @ Golden State: Scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 117-96 season-opening win.
Nov. 1 vs. Houston: Netted 30 points and pulled down a season-high 16 boards in a 106-95 loss.
Nov. 9 @ Seattle: Had 27 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 103-101 win.
Nov. 25 @ Detroit: Scored a season-high 36 points to go along with 11 boards and three assists in a 103-93 victory.