Raptors’ Siakam named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

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Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) passes the ball over San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli (18) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (Eric Gay/AP)

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the third time in his career and second time this season.

Siakam averaged 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in four games last week. The Raptors won all four in the midst of their current seven-game win streak.

He set a franchise record on Sunday for points in a single quarter with 23 in the first against the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with 35 points as the Raptors won 110-106.

Siakam also had a double-double on Wednesday as the Raptors scored a 107-95 victory over the rival Philadelphia 76ers, a key win in the log-jammed Eastern Conference where Toronto currently sits second.

He was also rewarded for his phenomenal 2019-20 season on Friday by being named an Eastern Conference starter for the upcoming NBA All-Star game for the first time in his career.

The Raptors will go for a season-best eighth-straight win on Tuesday when they play host to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, whom the Raptors have already beaten twice this season.

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