POSTED: Mar 4, 2015 7:45 PM ET
UPDATED: Mar 4, 2015 8:09 PM ET
NEW YORK — The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.
James led the conference in scoring (24.4 ppg) and was second in assists (7.3 apg) as the Cavaliers went 8-3 in February (8-2 with James in the lineup). He posted five double-doubles and scored at least 20 points in six games, including a season-high 42 points in a 110-99 win over the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 26. In a 102-93 win at Detroit on Feb. 24, James dished out 11 assists and became the NBA's all-time leader in assists for a forward, surpassing Scottie Pippen (6,135). James was the only player in the conference to average at least 24.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds for the month.
Westbrook averaged 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists as the Thunder went 9-3 in February. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to put up a 31-9-10 line for a calendar month (minimum 10 games played). Westbrook capped the month by becoming the first player to record three consecutive triple-doubles since James in March 2009. Westbrook also ended the month with six consecutive games with at least 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, the first player to do this since Michael Jordan in 1988-89.
Here is a closer look at the month for James and Westbrook:
Kia Player of the Month: LeBron James
LeBron James is the Kia Eastern Conference Player of the Month in February.
Kia Player of the Month: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is the Kia Western Conference Player of the Month in February.
Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Chicago's Pau Gasol, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Detroit's Greg Monroe, Golden State's Stephen Curry, Houston's James Harden, the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, Orlando's Nikola Vucevic, and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.
Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month
The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month are part of a series of oncourt performance awards called "The KIA NBA Performance Awards." The series, currently in its eighth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes five of the league's most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player Award, and Kia Rookie of the Year. The series also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month during the regular season. In addition to continuing to serve as the league's Official Automotive Partner, Kia is also the Official Luxury Vehicle of the NBA, following the introduction of the brand's modern and elegant K900 rear-drive luxury sedan. For more information on the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards" visit www.NBA.com/awards.