Lowry Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
The National Basketball Association announced Monday guard Kyle Lowry has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played December 1-7. This marks the third time Lowry has captured the weekly honours in his eight-year NBA career. Lowry won Player of the Week honours last season for games played January 27-February 2, 2014 and was Western Conference Player of the Week as a member of the Houston Rockets for games played March 14-20, 2011.
Lowry led the Raptors to a 2-1 record last week, with a pair of road victories at Sacramento and Utah. He earned his team-leading fourth double-double December 2 versus the Kings by scoring 27 points and matched a season high with 13 assists. On the second night of the back-to-back, he scored a career-high 39 points against the Jazz, shooting 13-of-22 from the field with four threepointers and a perfect nine-of-nine at free throw line.
Lowry was first in NBA scoring last week averaging 29.3 points and fifth among East players with 8.7 assists. He also shot .492 (30-for-61) from the field and made 21-of-23 free throws (.913). Lowry ranks first in the NBA averaging 26.3 points in eight road games and second with a 6.44 assist-to-turnover ratio.
This marks the third time in team history that multiple players have been named Player of the Week in the same season and the first since Chris Bosh and Mike James won in 2005-06. Lowry joins teammate Lou Williams, who won the award for games played November 17-23.
Toronto currently leads the Eastern Conference with a franchise-best 15-5 record. The Raptors play host to the Denver Nuggets tonight at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. NBA TV/TSN2/Sportsnet 590 The FAN).