The NBA today announced the Players of the Week for games played from Dec. 16-22.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honours while Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schröder was named Player of the Week in the Western Conference.
For Lowry, it is the sixth time in his career that he has earned the honour and the first time since March of 2016. This past week, the 33-year-old led the Raptors to a perfect 4-0 record with averages of 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 44.8% from the field and 42.4% from 3-point range.
In his most recent outing, Lowry scored 20 of a game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Raptors to the biggest comeback win in franchise history, as they earned a three-point win over the Dallas Mavericks after trailing by as many as 30 points.
It's another busy week for Lowry and the Raptors, who open in Indiana before returning home to host the Celtics on Christmas Day - the first half of a home-and-home between the divisonal foes.
After hosting the C's, Toronto travels to Boston for a rematch Saturday before closing the week at home against the Thunder.
This is the first time Schröder has earned Player of the Week honours in his seven-year career.
He, too, helped lead his team to a perfect 4-0 week as he averaged 25.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds off the bench for OKC. Schröder was extremely efficient as well, shooting 50.7% from the field and 40.0% from 3-point range.
In the Thunder's most recent win over the LA Clippers, Schröder finished with 28 points, six assists and five rebounds while shooting 47.1% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc.
OKC will be in action three times this upcoming week as it hosts Memphis before a two-game road trip that begins in Charlotte and ends in Toronto.
The two most recent players of the week will take centre stage at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday, Dec. 29.