By Official release
Posted Jan 3 2011 7:03PM
NEW YORK -- The Miami Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during December.
James (25.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 6.8 apg) and Wade (27.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 4.1 apg) helped the Heat to a league-best 15-1 record, including franchise marks for total wins and road wins (10) in a month. Wade and James ranked second and third, respectively, in scoring in the Eastern Conference. James led the Heat in scoring seven times, in rebounds four times and in assists a team-high 13 times. James posted two triple-doubles on the month. Wade led Miami in scoring a team-high eight times, in rebounds five times and in assists three.
Durant averaged a league-high 29.4 points as the Thunder went 11-5, tops in the Northwest Division. Durant shot .517 from the field, .411 from beyond the arc and .850 from the free throw line. On Christmas Day, Durant netted a season-high 44 points to go along with seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals as the Thunder defeated Denver 114-106.
Here is a closer look at the month for James and Wade, and Durant:
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Dec. 8 at Utah: James and Wade combined for 61 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a 111-98 win over the Jazz.
Dec. 17 @ New York: James recorded a triple-double of 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113-91 victory over the Knicks.
Dec. 25 @ L.A. Lakers: James recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 96-80 triumph in Los Angeles.
Dec 29 @ Houston: Wade scored a season-high 45 points and added eight assists in a 125-119 win over the Rockets.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dec. 8 @ Minnesota: Recorded 30 points and season highs of 11 rebounds and six assists in a 111-103 victory over Minnesota.
Dec. 15 vs Houston: Tallied 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 117-105 win over the Rockets.
Dec. 25 vs. Denver: Scored a season-high 44 points and added seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a 114-106 win.
Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta: Compiled 33 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 103-94 win over the Hawks.
Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Dallas Dirk Nowitzki, Golden State's Monta Ellis, New York's Amar'e Stoudemire, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio's Tony Parker and Utah's Deron Williams.
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