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LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

by Couper Moorhead

MIAMI, December 2 – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 25, through Sunday, December 1. This marks the 45th 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 48th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 19th time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT, the most in team history. Additionally, this is James’ second Player of the Week honor this season after previously earning the accolades for the week ending on November 17.

James led the HEAT to a perfect 4-0 record, averaging a league-high 29.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.50 steals while shooting 60.3 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from three-point range and 86.8 percent from the foul line. He led the HEAT in scoring in all four games, in minutes three times and in assists, steals and blocks once each. He scored at least 25 points in all four games, tying his longest streak of consecutive 25-point games this season. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 512 consecutive games, including 234 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.

James led off the week shooting a season-high 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the field, including a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line, while recording a game-high 35 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block in a, 107-92, win vs. Phoenix on November 25. In the first of two roads games of the week, he scored a game-high 28 points, dished out a game-high eight assists and recorded a game-high three steals while grabbing eight rebounds helping the HEAT defeat the Cavaliers in Cleveland, 95-84, on November 27. Then at Toronto, James scored a game-high 27 points while adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block to help capture a, 90-83, victory on November 29. He capped off the week on December 1 scoring a game-high 26 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line during the game’s final 12 seconds, to help seal a one-point, 99-98, win vs. Charlotte.

Among league leaders this season, James ranks second in field goal percentage (.598), third in points per game (26.2), tied for eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.481), tied for 13th in assists per game (6.3) and tied for 30th in minutes per game (35.4).