LeBron James Named EC Player of the Week
MIAMI, December 24 – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, December 17, through Sunday, December 23. This marks the 40th time James has earned Player of the Week accolades in his career, the most times a player has earned the honors in NBA history. It also marks the 42nd time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 14th time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT. Additionally, this marks James’ third Player of the Week honor this season. He previously earned the honor for weeks ending November 11 and November 18.
James led the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 record, averaging 25.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.67 blocks while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range. He posted a double-double while leading the team in rebounds in all three games and topped Miami in scoring, assists, blocks and minutes twice each. James has now scored at least 20 points in each of the first 24 games of the season, a new career-best to start a season and matching the longest such streak in the NBA since Karl Malone accomplished the feat 24 times during the 1989-90 season. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 443 consecutive games, including 165 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James started the week off posting a 22-point, 11-assist double-double, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking a game-high four shots, all without committing a single turnover in a 103-92 win vs. Minnesota on December 18. He has now posted a 20-point, 10-assist, no turnover game five times in his career and is the first player to record a 22-point, 11-assist, seven-rebound, four-block, turnover less game since Chris Mullin in 1995. Then in Dallas on December 20, he scored a game-high 24 points, including a first quarter season-high 13 points, while tallying a team-high nine rebounds, five assists and a block in the 15-point, 110-95, win. He then capped off the week posting a game-high 30 points, his sixth 30-point game this season, a team-high nine rebounds and a game-high seven assists to help capture the 105-89 win vs. Utah on December 22.
Among league leaders this season, James ranks fifth in scoring (25.4), 10th in assists (6.8), 10th in field goal percentage (.542), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.442), 15th in minutes (37.5) and tied for 17th in rebounds (8.5).