LeBron James won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week award today for the second consecutive time. The man who has won three of the last four MVPs now has 39 Player of the Week awards, by far more than any other player including Michael Jordan. Kevin Durant won the award for the Western Conference.
The NBA's best player registered his first 30-point game of the season Nov. 12 against the Houston Rockets, scoring 38 points to rally Miami past the Rockets. James hit five 3s in that game, grabbed 10 rebounds and even made a layup with 18 seconds left to put the Heat up for good. James again scored 30 against the Clippers, but could not compensate for sub-par performances from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Without Wade by his side for the final two games of Miami's road trip, James again dominated. He dished out 12 assists in the Heat's win over the Nuggets Nov. 15, finding Shane Battier and Mike Miller open all night long. When the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter, James found Norris Cole on the decisive 3-pointer in Denver with less than a minute left to seal the Heat's first win in Denver in 10 years. And while battling the cold Saturday, James recorded 21 points and seven assists to hold off the Phoenix Suns. After Phoenix cut Miami's lead to two with two minutes left, James made a beautiful spin move on Marcin Gortat.
In three of the Heat's games this past week, James has delivered in the clutch. Not bad for a guy who people once derided as "The Frozen One."