Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week, after a 3-0 streak in which he averaged 29.3 points and 8.0 assists per game. The Trail Blazers improved their record from 22-21 to 25-21 by defeating the Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, and Dallas Mavericks, reclaiming the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference.
PORTLAND, Ore. (January 22, 2018) – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 14, it was announced today by the league.
Lillard led the Trail Blazers in scoring, assists, field goals, three-point field goals, and free throws made last week, averaging 29.3 points (52.7% FG, 52.0% 3-PT, 100% FT), 5.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists, while ranking fourth in scoring, fifth in assists and tied for the fourth most three-pointers (13) in the NBA.
The Trail Blazers (25-21) went 3-0 on the week with victories over Phoenix, Indiana and Dallas, sweeping a three-game homestand and winning the team’s sixth consecutive home game.
Lillard’s 31-point performance against Dallas on Jan. 20 was the first time in his career that he scored more than 30 points on 15 or fewer shot attempts (10-15 FG, 7-9 3-PT, 4-4 FT).
Lillard is one of four NBA players averaging at least 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists this season (Curry, Harden, James). On Jan. 14, he became one of two players in NBA history to make 100 three-pointers in each of his first six NBA seasons.
This is the fourth career NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honor for Lillard, who took home the award twice in 2014-15 and once in 2016-17.
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.