LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week
MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 18, through Sunday, March 24. This marks the 43rd 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 46th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 17th time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT, the most in team history. Additionally, this marks James’ sixth Player of the Week honor this season. He previously earned the honor for weeks ending November 11, November 18, December 23, February 10 and February 24.
James led the HEAT to a perfect 4-0 record, averaging 30.8 points, 10.0 assists, 8.8 rebounds, 2.50 steals and 2.00 blocks, while shooting 58.8 percent from the field. He posted a triple-double and three double-doubles while leading the team in points, rebounds, assists and minutes in all four games. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 488 consecutive games, including 210 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James started the week off posting a 37-point, 12-assist double-double against Boston on March 18; scoring 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the game-winning field goal, to rally the HEAT back from a 17-point deficit. Two nights later, he recorded a triple-double with a game-high 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against Cleveland. His 14 points in the fourth quarter of that game helped the HEAT rally from a deficit of 27 points to win their 24th consecutive game. On March 22, he shot 12-for-15 (.800) from the field vs. Detroit, tying his single-game field goal percentage high (min. 15 FGA), and recorded a game-high 27 points and eight assists, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. He capped off the week with a game-high 32 points and 10 assists, and a team-high eight rebounds, while shooting 11-for-14 from the field vs. Charlotte, his sixth best single-game field goal percentage (min. 10 FGA).
Among league leaders this season, James ranks fourth in scoring average (26.7), seventh in minutes per game (38.3), tied for eighth in assists per game (7.3), ninth in field goal percentage (.557), tied for 11th in steals per game (1.74), 23rd in rebounds per game (8.2) and tied for 33rd in three-point field goal percentage (.391).