NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2008 – The Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, Jan. 13.

Bosh led Toronto to a 3-0 week, averaging 33.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per contest. Bosh shot .552 from the field and .806 from the foul line for the week. After divisional wins over the 76ers and Knicks, Bosh capped Toronto’s undefeated week with a 38-point, 14-rebound performance against the streaking Portland Trail Blazers. At 20-17, the Raptors own the second best record in the Atlantic Division and the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference.

Bryant helped the Lakers to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Hornets, Bucks and the Grizzlies twice. Bryant averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals on the week. Closing the week with back-to-back 37-point performances, Bryant upped his season average to 27.0 ppg, second best in the NBA to LeBron James’ 29.1 ppg. The Lakers are riding a six-game winning streak and at 25-11, they own the second best record in the Pacific Division and the third best record in the Western Conference.

Here is a closer look at the week for Bosh and Bryant:

Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
Jan. 9 vs. Philadelphia: Scored 21 points and added three blocks and three assists in a 109-96 win over the 76ers.
Jan. 11 at New York: Poured in 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Raptors beat the Knicks 99-90.
Jan. 13 vs. Portland: Posted a 38-point, 14-rebound effort in a 116-109 double-overtime victory against the Trail Blazers.

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Jan. 8 @ Memphis: Scored 25 points and added three rebounds, six assists and five steals in a 117-101 victory over the Grizzlies.
Jan. 9 @ New Orleans: Posted 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the Lakers’ 109-80 win over the Hornets.
Jan. 11 vs. Milwaukee: Tallied 37 points, five rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers topped the Bucks 110-105.
Jan. 13 vs. Memphis: Scored 37 points for the second game in a row, connecting on 14-of-15 free throws and added four steals in a 100-99 win over the Grizzlies.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Charlotte’s Jason Richardson, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Golden State’s Baron Davis, Houston’s Yao Ming, Portland’s Brandon Roy, Sacramento’s John Salmons and Utah’s Mehmet Okur.