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LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

by Couper Moorhead

MIAMI, February 25 – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Tuesday, February 19, through Sunday, February 24. This marks the 42nd 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 44th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 16th time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT, the most in team history. Additionally, this marks James’ fifth Player of the Week honor this season. He previously earned the honor for weeks ending November 11, November 18, December 23 and February 10.

James led the HEAT to a perfect 4-0 record, including three double-digit road wins, averaging 23.5 points, 9.3 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 2.25 steals and while shooting 59 percent from the field. He posted a triple-double and three double-doubles while leading the team in assists in all four games, in points and rebounds three times each, in minutes twice and in steals once. He shot at least 50 percent from the field in all four contests and has now hit at least 50 percent of his attempts in a career-high 13 consecutive games. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 473 consecutive games, including 195 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.

James started the week off posting a 24-point, 11-assist double-double while recording a game-high four steals in a 13-point, 103-90, win at Atlanta on February 20. On the second night of a back-to-back set on February 21, he posted a 26-point, 12-rebound double-double while dishing out seven assists and recording two steals in a 19-point, 86-67, victory at Chicago. He then posted a 16-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double at Philadelphia on February 23, helping Miami to a 24-point, 114-90, win. He capped off the week in his second back-to-back game of the week with a game-high 28 points and a game-high eight assists in a 109-105 win vs. Cleveland.

Among league leaders this season, James ranks fourth in scoring average (27.0), seventh in field goal percentage (.567), seventh in minutes per game (38.3), tied for ninth in assists per game (7.1), 12th in steals per game (1.70), tied for 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (.410) and tied for 24th in rebounds per game (8.1).