LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month
MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, presented by Kia Motors for games played in March 2013. This marks the 20th time a HEAT player has earned Player of the Month honors in franchise history and James’ 10th as a member of the HEAT, the most by a player in franchise history. Additionally, it’s James’ fifth Player of the Month honor this season, becoming the first player in NBA history to receive the honor in five-straight months during a single-season.
James averaged 25.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.82 steals while shooting 53.2 percent from the field in March. He recorded one triple-double, 10 double-doubles, eight 20-10-5 games and two 30-10-5 games while leading the HEAT in scoring and minutes 11 times, in rebounds 10 times, in assists on nine occasions and in steals and blocks six times each. He scored at least 20 points in 14 games, including 11 games with at least 25 points and four games of 30-or-more while shooting at least 50 percent from the field in 13 games, at least 60 percent four times, at least 70 percent twice and 80 percent once. During Miami’s 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA history, from February 3 through March 25, he averaged 27.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists. According to Elias, he became the only player in NBA history to hit those averages during a team winning streak of at least 15 games. He also recorded his 100th made three-point field goal of the season on March 29, becoming the fourth member of the HEAT to hit the plateau this season, the most players to achieve the feat during a single-season in HEAT history. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 491 consecutive games, including 213 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James helped lead Miami to an NBA-best 17-1 (.944) March record. The 17 wins are the most during a single month in NBA history. He hit the game-winning basket with only 3.2 seconds left in a 97-96 win at Orlando on March 6. Later in the month, he connected on the game-winning shot with 10.5 seconds remaining at Boston on March 18 in a, 105-103, win, as he tallied 37 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, becoming the last player to hit those totals at Boston since Scottie Pippen on December 18, 1995. In his next game, on March 20 at Cleveland, he posted a 25-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple-double, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the HEAT come back from 27 down to capture a 98-95 victory. At Detroit on March 22, he shot 80 percent (12-of-15) from the field, tying the best single-game percentage of his career when attempting at least 15 shots, leading Miami to a 14-point 103-89 win. He posted 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a 109-77 win vs. Charlotte on March 24, his 223rd career 30-5-5 game, the most among active players in the NBA, and the third-most in NBA history. In his last game of the month, on March 29 at New Orleans, he connected on six first half three-point field goals, tying the HEAT franchise record for a first half as he finished with 28 first half points on the way to the, 108-89, victory.
Among league leaders this season, James currently ranks fourth in scoring (26.9), tied for sixth in minutes (38.3), eighth in field goal percentage (.560), 10th in assists (7.3), tied for 10th in steals (1.74), 23rd in rebounds (8.1) and 30th in three-point field goal percentage (.404).