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CLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, February 29, through Sunday, March 6. This marks the third time this season James has earned Player of the Week accolades, as well as the 51st time in his career, the most in NBA history. It also marks the 51st time in franchise history a player has earned Player of the Week honors and the 32nd time James has earned the honor as a member of the Cavaliers.
James led Cleveland to a perfect 3-0 record this past week after averaging 26.7 points on .533 shooting from the field, 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 34.3 minutes per game. He also registered two double-doubles. Among Eastern Conference leaders, James was tied for fourth in steals per game (2.3), while ranking fifth in points per game (26.7), eighth in assists per game (6.3), eighth in field goals made (32), and tied for ninth in rebounds per game (9.7). The 12-time NBA All-Star scored in double figures in all three games, increasing his double-digit consecutive scoring streak to 700 regular season games. He joins Michael Jordan (866) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787) as the only players in NBA history to have double-digit scoring streaks of 700 games or more.
James, who was the only player in the NBA to shoot over .500 from the field while averaging at least 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists this past week, tallied a game-high 33 points on 14-22 (.636) shooting, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Cleveland’s 100-96 win over Indiana on Feb. 29. He followed that up with 19 points, a season-high tying 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 30 minutes during a 108-83 victory against Washington on March 4. James closed out the week by helping the Cavs overcome an 18-point deficit to defeat Boston, 120-103, on March 5. In the win against the Celtics, James notched his second straight double-double with a game-high 28 points on 11-20 (.550) shooting, 11 rebounds, a game-high eight assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes, marking his 700th consecutive regular season game scoring in double figures, as he also surpassed Tim Duncan for 14th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with his 17th point on the night, a layup at the 4:43 mark of the third quarter.
In 2015-16, James has appeared in 59 games (all starts) with averages of 24.8 points (sixth in NBA) on .504 shooting from the field, 7.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists (10th in NBA) and 1.5 steals in 35.8 minutes per game. The 6-8 forward is the only player in the league to shoot at least .500 from the field while averaging at least 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists this season. James and the Cavaliers currently sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 44-17 record.
Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.