MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played January 3-9. This marks the 28th time James has earned Player of the Week accolades in his career, marking it as the most times a player has earned the honors in NBA history. It also marks as the 29th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the second time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT.
He led the HEAT to a perfect 4-0 week, averaging a league-best 33.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.25 steals while shooting 53.3 percent (48-of-90) from the field, 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from three-point range and 81.6 percent (31-of-38) from the foul line. He recorded two double-doubles as he led the team in assists in all four games and in points and minutes three times each, in steals twice and in rebounds and blocks once each.
James scored a game-high 38 points at Charlotte on January 3 while grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out a game-high five assists and recording one steal in 36:34 minutes in a 14-point, 96-82, victory. On the second night of a back-to-back set on January 4 vs. Milwaukee, he scored 25 points while tallying a game-high nine assists, six rebounds and a game-high two blocks in 36:35 minutes of action helping the HEAT to a 12-point, 101-89, win. He then posted a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double in a 101-95 win at Milwaukee while totaling a season-high six steals, a team-high five assists and one block in a team-high 45:16 minutes. James capped off the week posting his second double-double of the week in a 107-100 victory at Portland, snapping their eight-game home winning streak, with a game-high 44 points and a team-high 13 rebounds while dishing out a team-best six assists and game-high two steals in 46:11 minutes. Additionally, his season-high 44-point performance at Portland was the most ever by a HEAT player in a game against the Trail Blazers in the all-time series.
Among league leaders this season, James ranks 3rd in scoring (25.3), tied for 11th in minutes (37.8), 13th in assists (7.2), 18th in steals (1.49), tied for 28th in rebounds (7.0), and 38th in field goal percentage (.483).
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