DeRozan, Curry named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Jan 09, 2018 07:50 AM
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Toronto Raptors press release
The National Basketball Association announced Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that DeMar DeRozan has been selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 1-7 (Jan. 2-8, PHL time). This marks the eighth time DeRozan has earned the honour during his nine seasons in Toronto and the third time this season. He was also named East Player of the Week for games played Nov. 13-18 (Nov. 14-19, PHL time) and Dec. 18-24 (Dec. 19-25, PHL time).
DeRozan averaged an NBA-high 35.7 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds during three games last week. He shot .557 (34-for-61) from the field, .550 (11-for-20) from three-point range and .933 (28-for-30) at the free throw line. DeRozan was the leading scorer in two of Toronto’s three victories this past week.
Highlighting DeRozan’s week was a franchise-record 52-point performance Jan. 1 (Jan. 2, PHL time) vs. Milwaukee in overtime. He became the third player in team history to record a 50-point game, joining Vince Carter (Feb. 27, 2000 vs. Phoenix) and Terrence Ross (Jan. 25, 2014 vs. L.A. Clippers). DeRozan also matched a career-high with 17 field goals, including five three-pointers, against the Bucks and shot a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Two nights later, DeRozan scored 18 of his game-high 35 points in the third quarter to help Toronto pull away in a 124-115 victory Jan. 3 (Jan. 4, PHL time) at Chicago. He capped off the week by scoring 20 points during Toronto’s 120-110 win Jan. 5 (Jan. 6, PHL time) at Milwaukee.
DeRozan, a native of Compton, California, currently ranks seventh in the NBA averaging 25.0 points through 37 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 (12,381), field goals made (4,390), free throws (3,322) made and games played (632).
Golden State Warriors press release
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the Week 12 Western Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced today. The award is the first Player of the Week honor of the season for Curry and his 11th overall weekly recognition.
Curry helped lead the Warriors to a 3-0 week, capped off by a season-high 45-point performance at Los Angeles on Jan. 6 (Jan. 7, PHL time) in which he notched new career-highs in free-throws made (15) and attempted (16). He netted a game-high 32 points at Dallas on Jan. 3 (Jan. 4, PHL time), including the game-winning three-point field goal with 3.0 seconds remaining. During the week, he averaged 35.3 points (2nd in the NBA) on 53.3 percent shooting from the field (32-of-60) and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc (18-of-39), 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.66 steals in 33.7 minutes per contest.
The award marks the 49th time a Warriors player has been named Player of the Week since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979 and the second award this season (Durant – Week 8).