Basketball

Chris Bosh named an NBA player of week

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh on Monday was named the NBA Eastern Conference player of the week.

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh on Monday was named the NBA Eastern Conference player of the week.

This is the fourth weekly award for Bosh, who leads Toronto in scoring (21.6), rebounding (9.3) and minutes (35.4) per game.

Bosh, 23, led the Raptors to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 33 points, 8.7 rebounds and two blocks. He also shot 55 per cent from the field and 80.6 per cent from the foul line.

Against Philadelphia on Jan. 9, Bosh scored 21 points, and added three blocks and three assists in a 109-96 win over the 76ers.

Two days later in New York, he poured in 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Raptors beat the Knicks 99-90.

Bosh's best effort came in Toronto's 116-109 double-overtime victory over the streaking Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

He finished with 38 points and 14 rebounds as the Raptors posted their third consecutive victory.

At 20-17, the Raptors own the second-best record in the Atlantic Division and rank fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was named Western Conference player of the week.

With files from the Canadian Press