The Phoenix Suns’ Goran Dragić and Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry were named NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played between January 27th and February 2nd.
Dragić led the Suns to a 4-0 record during the week, including three wins on the road to sweep a four-game road trip and tie a season-high five-game winning streak, earning his second Player of the Week for his career.
Over the seven-day stretch, the speedy point guard averaged 26.8 points (seventh in the Western Conference), 6.0 assists (eighth) and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 69.3 percent from the floor (sixth) and 69.2 percent from beyond the arc (second) in only 29.2 minutes per game.
His four-game streak with at least 20 points tied a career high run, matching his streak which earned his first Player of the Week award during his time with the Houston Rockets in 2012.
See a recap of The Dragon’s four-game stretch below:
Jan. 27 @ Philadelphia: 24 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3FG), seven assists and three steals in 124-113 win.
Jan. 29 @ Milwaukee: 30 points (9-13 FG, 4-5 3FG, 8-8 FT) in just 23:33 of playing time in 126-117 win.
Jan. 30 @ Indiana: 28 points (11-21 FG) in 102-94 win. Sun sweep season series against Pacers. Pacers own league’s best record. Only Indiana’s second home loss of the season.
Feb. 1 vs. Charlotte: 25 points (10-14 FG) in 105-95 victory. Suns winning streak reaches five games.
Lowry helped to Raptors to a 3-1 record over the week, hitting 30 points in consecutive games for the first time in his career, including a season-high 33 in a win against the Orlando Magic.
For the week, Lowry averaged 25.0 points (fourth in the Eastern Conference), 8.0 assists (second), and 2.3 steals per game (ninth), adding 16 three pointers for good measure.
Lowry’s achievement marks the first time a Raptors’ player has been recognised as Player of the Week since Chris Bosh received two in the 2009-10 season.
See a recap of Lowry’s week below:
Jan. 27 @ Brooklyn: 31 points (10-18 FG, 4-7 3FG, 7-8 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and five steals in a 104-103 win.
Jan. 29 vs. Orlando: 33 points (11-20 FG, 6-11 3FG), 11 assists and seven rebounds in a 98-83 victory. Scored at least 30 points in consecutive games for first time in career.
Jan. 31 @ Denver: 13 points (5-15 FG, 3-11 3FG), six assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 100-90 win.
Feb. 1 @ Portland: 23 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3FG, 6-7 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and two steals in a 103-106 loss.
Both Lowry and Dragić were left off of the All-Star reserves in their respective conferences.