LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (11/19/12)
NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2012 – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, November 12, through Sunday, November 18. This marks the 39th 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 41st time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 13th time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT. Additionally, this marks James’ second Player of the Week honor this season.
James led the HEAT to a 3-1 record, averaging a league-high 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.25 blocks and 1.00 steals while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. He posted two double-doubles while leading the team in minutes in all four games, in scoring on three occasions, in rebounds and assists twice each and in steals and blocks one time each. James has now scored at least 20 points in each of the first 11 games of the season, a new career-best to start a season. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 430 consecutive games, including 152 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James started the week off posting a 38-point, 10-rebound double-double while scoring 32 second half points, the most by a HEAT player in any half on the road in franchise history, to help secure a come-from-behind 113-110 victory at Houston on November 14. He then scored a game-high 30 points while dishing out a team-high seven assists on November 14 at the Los Angeles Clippers. On the second night of a back-to-back set, James led the HEAT in points (27), assists (12), rebounds (7) and blocks (3), marking the second time since joining the HEAT he was the outright leader in all four categories, to help Miami to a 98-93 win at Denver, their first in the mile-high city since the 2001-02 season. Then after missing shootaround due to illness, he helped lead Miami to a 97-88 win at Phoenix after playing a game-high 40:43 minutes while posting 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Among league leaders this season, James ranks tied for third in scoring (24.5), tied for 14th in assists (6.5), tied for 16th in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.09), tied for 18th in rebounds (9.0), 21st in field goal percentage (.524), 22nd in minutes (36.4) and tied for 26th in three-point range (.438).