James, Brand Named Players of the Month
Posted Dec 1 2005 4:59PM
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2005 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Elton Brand today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in November.
James led the Cavaliers to a 10-4 month, marking the first time the team posted 10 or more wins in November since 1977-78 and only the third time in the franchise’s history. James, averaging 28.4 points on 48.9 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.64 steals, scored 25 or more points in 10 of 14 games. In a 123-120 win over the Sixers on Nov. 19, James recorded his first triple-double of the season, with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Averaging 23.7 points on 56.0 percent shooting, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, Brand led the Clippers to a 10-5 record and first place in the Pacific Division. He is the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in points and rebounds and ranks fourth in field goal percentage. With 10 double-doubles (points-rebounds) this month, Brand became the franchise’s all-time leader in double-doubles with 182.
Here is a recap of the month for both James and Brand:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Denver’s Marcus Camby, Detroit’s Chauncey Billups, Golden State’s Jason Richardson, Houston’s Yao Ming, Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, Orlando’s Dwight Howard, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.