LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month

MIAMI, March 2– The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, presented by Kia Motors for February 2012. This marks the 15th time a HEAT player has earned Player of the Month honors in franchise history, James’ fifth as a member of the HEAT and his second Player of the Month honor this season.

James, the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January, averaged a conference-high 24.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.69 steals and 35.8 minutes in February while shooting 54 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 82.8 percent from the foul line. He posted four double-doubles while leading the team in scoring and rebounds six times each, in assists and minutes nine times each, in steals on five occasions and in blocks twice. He scored in double-figures in all 13 games, including 20-or-more points nine times, 25-or-more points on five occasions, 30-or-more points three times and one 40-point game.

James helped lead Miami to an Eastern Conference-best 11-2 (.847) monthly record. The 11 wins and .847 winning percentage were both the second-highest February totals in HEAT franchise history. He scored his 18,000th career point in a 20-point, 99-79, win at Philadelphia on February 3, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach that milestone. James helped Miami become the first team to win games on three consecutive nights on the road since December of 1979 and the first to win each of those contests by double-digits since the 1970-71 season from February 12-14. He grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds at Atlanta on February 12, helping Miami secure the 20-point, 107-87, victory. He then shot 16-of-21 (.762) from the field in an 18-point, 114-96, win at Milwaukee on February 13, tying his career-best single-game shooting percentage (with a minimum 20 field goal attempts). In the third game in as many nights on February 14, he posted 23 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the 15-point, 105-90, victory at Indiana. James closed out the month with a season-high five steals in a 14-point win, 102-88, vs. the New York Knicks.

Among league leaders this season, James ranks third in scoring (27.7), fifth in field goal percentage (.549), eighth in steals (1.85), tied for 11th in assists (6.8), 13th in minutes (36.9), 17th in three-point field goal percentage (.431) and tied for 25th in rebounds (8.2).

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