NEW YORK -- The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 11.
James led the Cavaliers to a 4-0 week, pacing the NBA in scoring with 32.5 points (on 58.5 percent shooting) while averaging 8.0 assists (second in the East), 7.8 rebounds and 2.25 steals (tied for fourth in the East). On Dec. 9, he scored 27 points and passed Elvin Hayes for ninth place on the all-time scoring list in a 114-84 victory over the Miami Heat. The next day, he scored a season-high 44 points to go with 10 assists, nine rebounds and three steals in a 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets. During the game, he became the first player in NBA history to amass 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists in a career.
Gasol led the Grizzlies to a 4-0 week behind averages of 27.3 points (fourth in the West), 10.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 blocks. He began the week by recording his second career triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 110-108 double-overtime victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Gasol registered 26 points and a season-high 12 rebounds in a 96-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 6, and he scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds in an 88-86 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 8.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Gasol:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dec. 5 @ Toronto: Recorded 34 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 116-112 win over the Raptors
Dec. 7 @ New York: Tallied 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a 126-94 win against the Knicks.
Dec. 9 vs. Miami: Finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in a 114-84 victory over the Heat.
Dec. 10 vs. Charlotte: Posted 44 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 116-105 win over the Hornets.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Dec. 5 @ New Orleans: Posted a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 110-108 double-overtime win over the Pelicans.
Dec. 6 vs. Philadelphia: Notched 26 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 96-91 victory over the 76ers.
Dec. 8 vs. Portland: Scored 36 points and grabbed nine rebounds in an 88-86 win against the Trail Blazers.
Dec. 10 vs Golden State: Tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 110-89 win over the Warriors.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, and Washington’s John Wall.