Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard are NBA December Rookies of Month

January 2, 2013

Two rookie guards stood out last month among their first year brethren, as the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month for December.

Beal lead all Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (13.4 ppg) and total assists with (41) in December.  He had six games with 15-plus points during the month.

Lillard, a potential Rookie of the Year candidate, led all rookies in scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists (6.3 apg), and is also tied for third among NBA point guards with 16 games of 20-plus points.

Here is a recap of their performances:

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Dec. 11@ New Orleans: Posted 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 77-70 victory over the Hornets.

Dec. 12 @ Houston: Recorded 20 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 99-93 loss to the Rockets.

Dec. 15 @ Miami: Tallied 19 points and three rebounds in a 102-72 loss to the Heat.

Dec. 18 @ Atlanta: Had 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 100-95 loss to the Hawks.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Dec. 1 @ Cleveland: Scored 24 points, established a career-high with 11 assists and added six rebounds in a 118-117 (2OT) win over the Cavaliers.

Dec. 13 vs. San Antonio: Had a career-high 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 98-90 win over the Spurs.

Dec. 22 vs. Phoenix: Posted 25 points and seven assists in a 96-93 victory over the Suns.

Dec. 26 vs. Sacramento: Tallied 17 points, set a career-high in rebounds (eight) and tied a career-high with 11 assists in a 109-91 win against the Kings.

Other nominees

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland
Andre Drummond, Detroit
Anthony Davis, New Orleans

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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