LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month
MIAMI, Mar. 1– The NBA announced March 1 that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, presented by Kia Motors for games played in February 2013. This marks the 19th time a HEAT player has earned Player of the Month honors in franchise history and James’ ninth as a member of the HEAT, the most by a player in franchise history. Additionally, this marks James’ fourth Player of the Month honor this season, becoming the first player in NBA history to receive the honor in four-straight months on two separate occasions. He previously achieved the feat six-straight times from March 2009 through February 2010.
James averaged a league-best 29.7 points, 7.8 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 1.85 steals while shooting 64.1 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from three-point range in February. His 64.1 percent (139-of-217) shooting from the field is the highest monthly percentage by any player in the NBA (minimum of 200 attempts) since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot 65 percent (158-of-243) during the month of March in 1983. James shot 71.7 percent (66-of-92) from the field in six-straight games from February 3 through February 12, shooting at least 60 percent from the field while scoring at least 30 points in those games, becoming the only player in NBA history to hit those marks in that many consecutive games. He also posted a franchise-best seven straight 30-point games from February 3 through February 14. He recorded one triple-double, five double-doubles, four 20-10-5 games, two 30-10-5 games and one 40-10-5 game while leading the HEAT in scoring 11 times, in minutes nine times, in assists on eight occasions, in rebounds seven times, in steals four times and in blocks on three occasions during February. Additionally, he has currently shot at least 50 percent from the field in a career and HEAT franchise-high 14 consecutive games and continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 474 consecutive games, including 196 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James helped lead Miami to an NBA-best 12-1 (.923) February record, the franchise record 19th consecutive winning month. He shot a single-game career-high 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the field vs. Charlotte on February 4, tying the second-highest percentage in HEAT history (minimum 10 attempts) while also recording 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, becoming the first player to hit those marks while shooting at least 90 percent from the field since Wilt Chamberlain on February 24, 1967. He scored his 5,000th point as a member of the HEAT on February 6, reaching that milestone in a franchise-record 187 games. Then a few nights later on February 8 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, James shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the field, tying for the second-best shooting percent of his career. He posted a 16-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double at Philadelphia on February 23, his third triple-double this season. He capped off the month scoring a game- and season-high 40 points while dishing out a career-high 16 assists in a double-overtime, 141-129, win vs. Sacramento on February 26. He scored 15 overtime points, including 11 in the second overtime period alone, both new franchise records.
Among league leaders this season, James currently ranks third in scoring (27.3), tied for fourth in minutes (38.5), seventh in field goal percentage (.568), 10th in assists (7.3), 11th in steals (1.71), tied for 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (.411) and tied for 24th in rebounds (8.1).