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Raptors' Kyle Lowry Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month

After Kyle Lowry's sensational December, the NBA has named him the Eastern Conference Player of the Month.

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA has announced that Toronto Raptors' guard Kyle Lowry is the Eastern Conference's Player of the Month after a sensational December.

In the absence of DeMar DeRozan, Lowry stepped up his game tremendously averaging 22.3 points, 8.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 15 games. Lowry led Toronto to an 11-4 record. He was the only player to average more than 20 points and eight assists for December.

Highlighting Lowry's month was an electrifying career-high 39 point win against the Utah Jazz. It was one of three 30-point scoring nights by Lowry, all of which were on the road.

As well, the 28-year-old guard had season-high 14 assists against the Cleveland Cavaliers, six steals in a win against the New York Knicks, and a team-best 25 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The prestigious point guard of the north joins Miami Heat star Chris Bosh as the only players in the club's history to be named player of the month. Bosh got the honour in January, 2007.

Houston Rockets' James Harden was the Western Conference player of the month.

Help is on the way for Lowry as DeRozan is expected to return as the Dinos host the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

What do you guys think? Where does Lowry rank among the NBA's point guards? Overall?