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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell named Players of the Week

The NBA today announced the Players of the Week for games played from March 2-8.

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week while Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was named Player of the Week in the Western Conference.

It is the first time that Powell has earned the honour in his career and he becomes the third Raptor to earn the honour this season, joining All-Stars Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam.

This past week, Powell helped lead the Raptors to a perfect 3-0 record with averages of 31.3 points (on 56.1% shooting) to go along with 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

In the Raptors' most recent win over the Sacramento Kings, Powell finished with a game-high 31 points while shooting 11-for-21 from the field and 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. This scoring outburst came just three days after he set a new career-high with 37 points on 13-for-21 shooting from the field and 4-for-8 shooting from deep in a win over the Golden State Warriors.

It's a quiet week for the Raptors, who close out a five-game road trip in Utah on Monday before returning home, where they will have four days off in between games. Toronto closes the week by hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.


It is the 64th time that James has earned Player of the Week honours in his 17-year career and the third time this season.

In the past week, James averaged 29.0 points, 10.3 assists and 7.3 rebounds as the Lakers went 3-0, with wins coming over the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers.

James was stellar in the Lakers' most recent two outings, with a stat line of 37 points (on 12-for-21 shooting), eight rebounds and eight assists against the Bucks followed by a 28-point, nine-assist, seven-rebound performance against the Clippers. Defensively, LeBron took the task of guarding All-Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard.

The Lakers are back in action three times this week as they host the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. As the playoff push intensifies, expect James to continue his high-level play in hopes of leading the Lakers to a deep run.

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