L. James, Bryant Named Players of the Month
Posted Apr 2 2007 4:15PM
NEW YORK, April 2, 2007 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant today were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for March, 2007.
James ranked first among Eastern Conference players averaging 30.3 points in helping guide Cleveland to an 11-5 record for March. He opened the month with five straight games of 32 points or more and had eight games of 31 or more points. He scored a season-high 41 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds on March 7 in leading the Cavaliers to their first win in Detroit in over three years, and posted 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a 91-85 win over Houston on March 5.
Bryant led the NBA with an average of 40.4 points in March. He became only the second player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in four straight games joining Wilt Chamberlain (seven straight games). Bryant totaled 65 points, seven rounds and three steals in a 116-111 win over Portland on March 16, and registered 50 points and seven rebounds in a 111-105 win over New Orleans on March 23.
Here is a recap of the month for James and Bryant:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Boston’s Al Jefferson, Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince, Houston’s Tracy McGrady, L.A. Clippers’ Elton Brand, Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal and Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.