NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2008 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming today were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia, respectively, for games played Jan. 1 through Jan. 31.

James led the league in scoring for the month averaging 32.8 points and adding 7.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists. James became the first player in NBA history to post at least 31 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists, four blocks and three steals in a game against Charlotte on Jan. 11. On Jan. 15 at Memphis, James scored a season-high 51 points and added eight rebounds and nine assists to make him the first player since Rick Barry in 1978 to post 50 or more points, eight or more rebounds and nine or more assists in a game. Cleveland went 11-3 (.786) in January, their highest winning percentage in a month since February, 1996.

Yao led the Rockets to a 10-4 month averaging 22.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. In a 111-107 win over Golden State on Jan. 29, Yao tied his season-highs in points (36), rebounds (19) and free throws made (14). He matched his career best with five consecutive double-doubles (Jan. 19 – Jan. 29) and is the only player in the Western Conference to be averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks this season.

Here is a recap of the month for James and Yao:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 6 @ Toronto: Tallied 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a 93-90 win over the Raptors.
Jan. 11 vs. Charlotte: Scored 31 points to go along with a career-high 19 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and four steals in a 113-106 double-overtime win against the Bobcats.
Jan. 15 @ Memphis: Had a season-high 51 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals in a 132-124 win over the Grizzlies.
Jan. 27 @ L.A. Lakers: Collected 41 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 98-95 win over the Lakers.
Jan. 30 @ Portland: Recorded 37 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in an 84-83 win over the Trail Blazers.

Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
Jan. 5 vs. New York: Had 30 points, eight rebounds and a season-high six assists in a 103-91 win over the Knicks.
Jan. 9 @ New York: Had a season-high 36 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 101-92 win over the Knicks.
Jan. 19 vs. San Antonio: Recorded 21 points and 14 rebounds in an 83-81 win over the Spurs.
Jan. 21 vs. Seattle: Scored 30 points and grabbed 17 boards in a 96-89 win over the SuperSonics.
Jan. 29 vs. Golden State: Had a season-high 36 points and 19 rebounds in a 111-107 win over the Warriors.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia were Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace, Denver’s Allen Iverson, the L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Phoenix’s Amaré Stoudemire, Toronto’s Chris Bosh, Utah’s Deron Williams and Washington’s Caron Butler.