NEW YORK, Feb. 1 –
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James
and the Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber
today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played during the month of January.
James became the youngest player (20 years, 20 days) in NBA history to record a triple-double. His first triple-double came in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on January 19 and he added another on January 22 against the Golden State Warriors. James averaged 26.5 points on 52.0% shooting, 8.4 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.17 steals. In January, he had a season-high four three-pointers and 15 assists against Memphis on January 26 and a career-high 13 rebounds over the Los Angeles Lakers on January 13.
Webber led the Kings to a 12-4 record for the month of January, helping the team to secure the top seed in the Pacific division. Webber averaged 22.5 points on 46.1% shooting, 4.8 assists, 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He recorded eight double-doubles for the month and scored 20 points or more in nine games (out of a total 16 games) in January.
Here is a look at highlights from the month for James and Webber:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 19 at Portland: Became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double (27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) in a 107-101 win over the Trail Blazers.
Jan. 22 at Golden State: Recorded his second triple-double with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 105-87 victory over the Warriors.
Jan. 26 vs. Memphis: Tallied a career-high 15 assists and a season-high four three-pointers with 27 points and nine rebounds in a 114-111 win over the Grizzlies.
Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings
Jan. 15 vs. L.A. Clippers: Recorded a season-high 36 points, a team-high 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 99-95 win over the Clippers.
Jan. 18 vs. Portland: Posted team-high 32 points and 13 rebounds with six assists, four steals and one block in a 113-107 overtime win over the Trail Blazers.
Jan. 28 at Houston: Hit a game-tying three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to force overtime and had 30 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 117-111 overtime victory over the Rockets.
Other nominees for NBA Players of the Month included Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Detroit’s Richard Hamilton, Los Angeles Clippers’ Elton Brand, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, New Jersey’s Vince Carter, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Portland's Damon Stoudemire, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas.