Miami Heat forward and reigning MVP LeBron James has been named by the NBA as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month (presented by Kia Motors) for games played in October/November 2012.
This is the sixth time that LeBron has won this distinction as a member of the Heat. He has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice so far this season. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant won similar honors for the Western Conference.
The NBA's press release details three of LeBron's dominant games:
Nov. 7 vs. Brooklyn: Recorded 20 points, a season-high 12 rebounds and eight assists in 103-73 win over the Nets.
Nov. 12 @ Houston: Scored a season-high 38 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists in a 113-110 victory over the Rockets.
Nov. 15 @ Denver: Tallied 27 points and season highs of 12 assists and three blocks in a 98-93 win in Denver.
Other nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Atlanta's Al Horford; Brooklyn's Brook Lopez; Charlotte's Kemba Walker; Cleveland's Anderson Varejao; Dallas' O.J. Mayo; Houston's James Harden; the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul; Memphis' Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, and Zach Randolph; New York's Carmelo Anthony; Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook; Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday; and San Antonio's Tim Duncan.
The Heat's press release has all the details on LeBron's accomplishment during this young season...
James posted nine double-doubles while leading the team in scoring eight times, in assists 10 times, in minutes on nine occasions, in rebounds eight times and in steals and blocks twice each. He scored at least 20 points in each of the 14 games, a new career-best, surpassing his previous high of seven 20-point games to start a season, including three 30-point games while grabbing double-figure rebounds seven times and dishing out double-figure assists twice. Additionally, he totaled 91 assists over that span, averaging a career-best 2.60 assist-to-turnover ratio.
James helped lead Miami to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 (.786) record, including a perfect 7-0 at home. In addition to becoming the first Eastern Conference team to win 11 games, Miami's 11-3 mark tied the HEAT's best start through 14 games in franchise history with the 1995-96 and 1999-00 seasons. He grabbed his 5,000th career rebound on November 9 at Atlanta and scored his 4,000th point since joining the HEAT on November 15 at Denver while also dishing out his 1,000th assist with Miami in the same game. He is now just the eighth player in HEAT history to eclipse both the 4,000-point and 1,000-assist plateaus. He capped off the month leading the HEAT in points (350), rebounds (124), assists (91), field goals made (138) and minutes (522).
Among league leaders this season, James currently ranks fourth in scoring (24.8), tied for 11th in minutes (37.6), tied for 12th in assists (6.8), 14th in field goal percentage (.530), 15th in rebounds (9.1), tied for 17th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.70) and tied for 26th in three-point field goal percentage.