CLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in February 2015. This marks the 16th time a Cavs player has earned Player of the Month honors and James’ 28th, the most in NBA history.
James and the Cavaliers went 8-3 in February, which were the most wins among all Eastern Conference teams. During the month, James played in 10 games and averaged 24.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 32.6 minutes. He also recorded four double-doubles, while leading the Cavs in assists seven times, in scoring and steals four times each, in rebounds three times and in blocks once. He scored at least 20 points in six games and had seven outings with at least 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. Additionally, he scored in double figures in all 10 games he appeared in, continuing his current streak of scoring in double-digits to 623, the third-longest such streak in NBA history. Among Eastern Conference leaders in February, James ranked first in points per game (24.4), first in total points (244), second in assists per game (7.3), second in field goals made (90), second in free throws made (49) and 13th in steals per game (1.6).
The Model of Consistency
Along with King James' fantastic February, the four-time MVP is putting up stellar averages for the entire 2014-15 season. View his month-by-month breakdown below:
James reached several historical marks during the month of February. In the Cavs’ 102-93 road win in Detroit on Feb. 24, he posted 19 points, a game-high 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes. With James’ fifth assist that evening, he moved past Scottie Pippen (6,135) for the NBA’s all-time leader in assists for a forward and frontcourt player. During Cleveland’s 101-83 win over New York at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 22, James had 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in just 28 minutes of action. His layup with 10:27 remaining in the first quarter moved him past Allen Iverson (24,368) for No. 22 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Lastly, James recorded a season-high 42 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes in the Cavs’ 110-99 win over the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors on Feb. 26. It was James’ 41st career game with at least 40 points, five rebounds and five assists, as he moved past Elgin Baylor (40) for the fourth-most such games in league history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Oscar Robertson (71), Michael Jordan (62) and Wilt Chamberlain (61) have more games of at least 40 points, five rebounds and five assists than James.
In 51 games (all starts) this season, James is averaging 26.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.2 minutes per game. Among league leaders, he currently ranks third in points per game (26.2), sixth in minutes per game (36.3), eighth in assists per game (7.2) and 18th in steals per game (1.6). James and the Cavaliers are an NBA-best 19-4 (.826) since Jan. 15.