MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for April 2011. This marks the 13th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Month honors. It is James’ third as a member of the HEAT, the most for a single-season in franchise history. He previously was honored as the Player of the Month for January and with teammate Dwyane Wade, both were named Co-Players of the Month for December 2010.
James helped Miami to a 6-1 record this month, averaging a league-high 28.5 points, 8.0 assists, 6.8 rebounds, 2.83 steals and 39.7 minutes while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. He posted three double-doubles while leading the HEAT in assists and steals five times each, in points on four occasions, in blocks three times and in rebounds once. James recorded two 30-point games, scoring a game-high 31 points while grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing out a team-high seven assists and recording a game-high three steals in a 108-94 victory at New Jersey on April 3 and then tallied 34 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 98-90 win atAtlanta on April 11.
He closed out the regular season totaling 2,111 points, 590 rebounds, 554 assists and 124 steals, becoming the only player in NBA history to surpass the 2,000-point, 500-rebound, 500-assist and 100-steal marks in four straight seasons. James hit the 2,000-point mark only 76 games into the season, eclipsing the HEAT franchise mark for games played to 2,000 points by 15 games and in the process became just the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 2,000 points in seven consecutive seasons. His 2,111 points were also the second-most in HEAT franchise history for a single-season while his 51 percent shooting from the field this season set a new career-high, surpassing his previous career mark of 50.3 percent during the 2009-10 season. Additionally, he capped off the season averaging 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists, his seventh consecutive season averaging at least 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, joining Oscar Robertson as the only two players in NBA history to achieve the feat in seven-straight seasons.