Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was once again named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, February 13, through Sunday, February 19. This marks the 35th time James has earned Player of the Week accolades in his career, the most times a player has earned the honors in NBA history. It also marks the 37th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the ninth time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT. Additionally, this marks James' fourth Player of the Week honor this season.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant today was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
James led the HEAT to a perfect 4-0 record, averaging 27.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.00 steals and 29.5 minutes while shooting 62.3 percent (43-of-69) from the field, 50 percent (6-of-12) from three-point range and 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the foul line. He recorded one double-double while leading the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and minutes in three games each and in steals twice, while tallying 25 or more points three times.
In the second game of a three-night back-to-back-to-back set on February 13, James scored a game-high 35 points on 16-of-21 (.762) shooting from the field, tying his single-game career-best percentage (with a minimum of 20 field goal attempts) while also grabbing a game-high eight rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording a steal in 32:54 minutes of action in the 114-96 win at Milwaukee. In his third game in as many nights, he recorded game highs in points (23), rebounds (nine), assists (seven) and steals (four) in 33:24 minutes in the 105-90 victory at Indiana on February 14, helping the HEAT become the first team since the 1970-71 season to win three consecutive road games on three consecutive nights - all by double figures. He then tallied a game-high 28 points, a game-high five assists, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 30:08 minutes at Cleveland to capture the 111-87 win. In the 90-78 victory vs. Orlando on February 19, James posted a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double while dishing out a game-high eight assists and recording a game-high two steals in 36:38 minutes of action.
Among league leaders this season, James ranks second in scoring (27.9), seventh in field goal percentage (.548), tied for ninth in steals (1.71), 12th in assists (6.8), 15th in minutes (36.7), tied for 27th in rebounds (8.2) and 37th in three-point field goal percentage (.393).
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Detroit's Rodney Stuckey, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Minnesota's Kevin Love, New Orleans' Trevor Ariza, New York's Jeremy Lin, Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka and Russell Wesbtrook, Orlando's Dwight Howard and San Antonio's Tony Parker.