LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Named KIA NBA Eastern Conference Co-Players of The Month
MIAMI, January 3rd The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade have been named the NBAs Eastern Conference Co-Players of the Month for December. This marks the 10th and 11th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Month honors. It is Wades franchise-best sixth time and James first as a member of the HEAT.
The duo helped the HEAT to a league-best 15-1 December record while making history as Miami became the only team in NBA history to record 10 consecutive road victories during a single calendar month. The 15 wins and 10 road wins both set new HEAT franchise records for a month. Additionally, they became the first pair of HEAT teammates to average at least 25 points in a month.
James averaged 25.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.13 steals while shooting 51.1 percent (144-of-282) from the field and 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from three-point range. He posted two triple-doubles and seven double-doubles while leading the HEAT in assists a team-high 13 times, in scoring and minutes seven times each, in steals on five occasions, in rebounds four times and in blocks twice. James recorded five 30-point games, eight 25-point games and 12 20-point games. He grabbed double-figure rebounds six times and dished out double-figure assists three times. In his return to Cleveland on December 2, he scored a season-high 38 points, including a 24-point third quarter, tying the HEAT franchise record for points in a quarter. He posted his first triple-double of the month on December 17 at New York with a game-high 32 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high 10 assists. He then recorded his second triple-double of December in Los Angeles against the Lakers recording game-highs in all three categories, 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, marking it as the last NBA Christmas Day triple-double in 40 years.
Wade averaged 27.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.67 steals while shooting 54.3 percent (151-of-278) from the field. He posted two double-doubles while leading the HEAT in steals nine times, in scoring a team-high eight times, in minutes on six occasions, in rebounds five times, in blocks four times and in assists three times. He became only the fourth player since the 2000-01 season to average at least 27 points, six rebounds, four assists and shoot 54 percent from the field in a month. Wade finished the month having recorded two 40-point games, five 30-point games, 10 25-point games and 13 20-point games. He grabbed double-figure rebounds twice, including a game- and career-high 14 at Milwaukee on December 6. He set a HEAT franchise record for points in a second quarter with 20 vs. New Orleans on December 13. He posted back-to-back 40-point games after scoring a game-high 40 points vs. New York on December 28 and then the next night in Houston on December 29 he scored a game-high 45 points, marking it as only the third time in franchise history a HEAT player has recorded consecutive 40-point games. He closed out the month recording at least one steal in a season-high 11 straight games.
The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month are part of a series of on-court performance awards called The Kia NBA Performance Awards. The series, currently in its fourth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes four of the leagues most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player Award, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, and Most Improved Player. Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA and the all-new Kia Optima is the leagues Official Vehicle. For more information on the The Kia NBA Performance Awards visit www.NBA.com/awards.
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