NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2016 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Utah Jazz’s George Hill today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 6.
James led the unbeaten Cavaliers to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.7 points (fourth in the East), 11.3 assists (first in the East) and 9.3 rebounds. On Nov. 3, he scored a season-high 30 points and added 12 assists and seven rebounds in a 128-122 win over the Boston Celtics. He followed that performance with 25 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds and two steals in a 102-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 5. During the game, James passed Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Hill helped the Jazz to a 3-1 week behind averages of 20.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds. He connected on 31-of-53 (58.5 percent) shots from the field, including 11-of-20 (55.0 percent) from three-point range. On Nov. 2, he scored a season-high 25 points to go with six rebounds and four assists in a 97-81 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Hill capped his week by recording 23 points and a season-high nine assists in a 114-109 win over the New York Knicks on Nov. 6. Utah improved to 4-0 when Hill scores at least 20 points.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Hill:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Nov. 1 vs. Houston: Finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a 128-120 win over the Rockets.
Nov. 3 vs. Boston: Recorded 30 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in a 128-122 victory over the Celtics.
Nov. 5 @ Philadelphia: Contributed 25 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds and two steals in a 102-101 win over the 76ers.
George Hill, Utah Jazz
Nov. 1 @ San Antonio: Finished with 22 points (on 9-of-13 shooting) and seven assists in a 106-91 victory over the Spurs.
Nov. 2 vs. Dallas: Posted 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 97-81 victory over the Mavericks.
Nov. 6 @ New York: Recorded 23 points, nine assists and two steals in a 114-109 win over the Knicks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Dwight Howard, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Houston’s James Harden, the LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Orlando’s Evan Fournier, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.