Towns, DeRozan named NBA Players of the Week Global on Nov 21, 2017 07:27 AM
Towns, DeRozan named NBA Players of the Week
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Minnesota Timberwolves press release

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The NBA named Timberwolves forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 19 (Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Monday, Nov. 20, PHL time). This is the third time in his career that Towns has won the weekly award (April 11, 2016; March 13, 2017), first this season.

Towns posted averages of 20.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in leading Minnesota to a 3-1 week, which included a three-game winning streak that featured wins at Utah, vs. San Antonio and at Dallas. Towns shot 55.4% (31-of-56) from the floor, including 9-of-16 from three-point range, during the four-game stretch.

Towns began his week by totaling 24 points and 13 rebounds in Minnesota’s 109-98 win over Utah on Nov. 13 (Nov. 14, PHL time), an outing that included a career-best 4-of-6 mark from three-point range. Towns followed up that performance two nights later with a 26-point, 16-rebound game in the Wolves 98-86 win over San Antonio, a victory that snapped a 12-game winless streak against the Spurs. Towns then registered his third double-double in as many games with 15 points and 11 rebounds as Minnesota came back from a 14-point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 111-87. Towns capped his week with a 16-point, 9-rebound performance last night as the Wolves fell to the Detroit Pistons 100-97.

In 16 contests this season Towns is averaging 20.8 points and 11.4 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, including 37.9 percent from deep He has recorded 12 double-doubles, eight of which are 20-point/10-rebound performances.  

Toronto Raptors press release

The National Basketball Association announced that DeMar DeRozan has been selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played November 13-19 (Nov. 14-20, PHL time). This marks the sixth time DeRozan has earned the honour during his nine seasons in Toronto.

DeRozan averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot .573 (43-for-75) from the field during four appearances as Toronto won a season-high four consecutive games. All four wins came against opponents with a winning record, including a 129-113 road victory against the Western Conference leading Houston Rockets.

DeRozan began the week posting 27 points, six rebounds and five assists November 14 (Nov. 15, PHL time) at Houston. He then followed up the next night with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists November 15 (Nov. 16, PHL time) at New Orleans, his extending career-high streak to seven consecutive games with at least 24 points. The Raptors returned home November 17 (Nov. 18, PHL time) to defeat New York 107-84, with DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each scoring a team-high 22 points. DeRozan ended the week scoring a team-high 33 points during Toronto’s 100-91 win November 19 (Nov. 20, PHL time) versus Washington.

DeRozan, a native of Compton, California, currently ranks seventh in the NBA averaging 25.2 points through 16 games. The three-time NBA All-Star was selected ninth overall by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft and is the franchise’s all-time leader in career points (11,854), field goals made (4,211), free throws (3,187) made and games played (611).

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