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Damian Lillard, Hassan Whiteside Named NBA Players Of The Week
Apr 2, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots as Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) defendes during the third quarter at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Cole Elsasser-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard, Hassan Whiteside Named NBA Players Of The Week

The Portland Trail Blazers capped the week with a 3-1 record while the Miami Heat finished 2-1 led by Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside, respectively.

As such, Lillard and Whiteside are named the NBA Players of the Week from Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19.

At that span, Lillard led the NBA in scoring with 35.3 points (55.1% FG, 59.4% 3-PT) to go with 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.00 steal. He was a perfect 36-for-36 from the free throw line, and his 49 points March 19 at Miami marked a season high, while his nine 3-pointers tied a franchise best. In a win at San Antonio during the second night of a back-to-back on March 15, Lillard paced all scorers with 36 points.

Whiteside finished second in the East in rebounding (13.7 rpg) and 11th in scoring (20.0 ppg) while shooting an NBA-best 73.0 percent from the field as the Heat went 2-1 for the week.  He also paced the East in blocked shots (2.67 bpg) and extended his streak with a block to a season-high 26 straight games.

The 27-year-old center posted double-doubles in all three games to set the franchise record for consecutive double-doubles with 12.  With 14 rebounds in a 123-105 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 17, Whiteside became only the second player in team history to grab 900 rebounds in a season, joining Rony Seikaly (1991-92).

Mandatory Credit: Cole Elsasser-USA TODAY Sports

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