Carlos Boozer named Western Conference Player of the Month

SALT LAKE CITY (March 1, 2010) – The NBA announced today that Jazz forward Carlos Boozer was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for games played during February.Boozer topped the Western Conference in rebounds (13.0 rpg) and added 21.2 points on .604 shooting from the field, leading Utah to a 10-3 record. Boozer, who ranks fourth in the league in double-doubles (38), recorded nine in 11 games (all starts) played in February. On February 21, Boozer scored 22 points and added a season-high 23 rebounds in a 93-89 win at Portland. He also hit a game-tying buzzer-beater in that game to force overtime and complete the Jazz’s 25-point second-half comeback. Boozer is one of five NBA players averaging at least 19 points and 10 rebounds. This is the second time Boozer has been named the NBA’s Player of the Month in his career and the 10th time overall a Jazz player has been selected.In 52 games (all starts), Boozer is averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The Alaska native is one of only four players in the league averaging at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3.3 assists (a career-high) per game.Here is a closer look at the past month for Boozer:Feb. 9 @ L.A. Clippers: Recorded 34 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 109-99 win over the Clippers.Feb. 16 @ Houston: Posted 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 104-95 win over the Rockets.Feb. 17 @ New Orleans: Scored 16 points to go along with 15 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 98-90 win over the Hornets.Feb. 19 @ Golden State: Totaled 30 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 100-89 win over the Warriors.Feb. 21 @ Portland: Recorded 22 points, 23 rebounds and five assists in a 93-89 overtime win over the Trail Blazers.Feb. 24 vs. Charlotte: Posted 33 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 102-93 win over the Bobcats.

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