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Bosh earns Player of Week honors

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After he averaged 22.3 points per outing over a four-game stretch, including a season-high 37 points in the win at Portland, it was no surprise that the Heat's Chris Bosh today was selected the NBA's Eastern Conference Play of the Week for the period that ended Sunday.

In addition to the points, Bosh averaged 8.0 rebounds, 1.75 blocks, 1.25 steals and 1.0 assists and shot 54.4 percent from the field over that span, including, 42.9 percent from 3-point range. He also shot 92.3 percent from the free throw line.

Bosh has come up big recently, scoring 20 points or more in five of his last eight games.

His performance against the Trail Blazers was particularly critical because the Heat were without LeBron James, who was contending with groin and ankle injuries among other aches and pains.

He also had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Christmas Day win over the Los Angeles Lakers and 18 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots in Friday's loss at Sacramento.

He started the week by posting 11 points, four rebounds, and four blocked shots against Atlanta despite going to the locker room to get eight stitches in his mouth after being hit with an inadvertent elbow.

It is the eighth time Bosh has been selected for the honor in his career and the 50th time in franchise history the recognition has gone to a Heat player.

The week before, guard Dwyane Wade was chosen after averaging 26 points in the Heat's three victories.

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