Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan named Eastern Conference player of week

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10). (Frank Gunn/CP)

NEW YORK — Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was named Eastern Conference player of the week Monday after averaging an NBA-best 35.7 points over three games last week.

DeRozan set a franchise record with a 52-point performance in an overtime win over Milwaukee on New Year’s Day. He followed that up two days later with a game-high 35 points in a victory over Chicago and added 20 points in a win over the Bucks last Friday.

DeRozan shot .557 (34 for 61) from the field and had a .550 shooting percentage from three-point range (11 for 20).

He also averaged 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds over the stretch. It’s the third time this season that DeRozan has earned the player of the week honour.

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