Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Portland Trail Blazers’  LaMarcus Aldridge today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 7.

Lowry led the Raptors to a 2-1 week behind an NBA-best 29.3 points. He handed out 8.7 assists, grabbed 3.0 rebounds and recorded 1.3 steals as Toronto won road games in Sacramento and Utah on back-to-back nights. On Dec. 3, when the Raptors topped the Jazz 123-104, Lowry recorded a career-high 39 points (13-of-22 field goals) and added five rebounds and four assists.

Aldridge helped the Trail Blazers to a 3-0 week, which included road wins at Denver and New York. He ranked third in the league in scoring (27.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (11.7 rpg). Aldridge posted a point-rebound double-double in all three contests, including a 39-point, 11-rebound effort on Dec. 2, as the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 105-103.

Here is a recap of the week for Lowry and Aldridge:

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Dec. 2 @ Sacramento: Scored 27 points and added 13 assists in a 117-109 win over the Kings.

Dec. 3 @ Utah: Poured in 39 points and added five rebounds and four assists during a 123-104 win over the Jazz.

Dec. 5 vs. Cleveland: Scored 22 points and handed out nine helpers in a 105-91 loss to the Cavaliers.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

Dec. 2 @ Denver: Tallied 39 points and 11 rebounds during a 105-103 win over the Nuggets.

Dec. 4 vs. Indiana: Scored 18 points and pulled down 13 rebounds during an 88-82 win over the Pacers.

Dec. 7 @ New York: Posted his third double-double of the week with 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 103-99 win over the Knicks.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Dallas’ Monta Ellis, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Orlando’s Tobias Harris, Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Washington’s John Wall.