The NBA has announced that Miami Heat star forward LeBron James is the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in December 2013.
James led the way for the Heat as they marched through the final month of a wildly successful 2013 with a 11-3 record, best in the East, as he averaged 24.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists. This is the 21st time a member of the Heat was won the award and the 11th time LeBron has won it with the Heat.
More info on LeBron's December to Remember courtesy of the Heat:
He recorded three double-doubles and two 20-10-5 games while leading the HEAT in scoring 11 times, in minutes and assists 10 times each, in rebounds and steals five times each and in blocks twice. He scored at least 20 points in 10 games, including five games with at least 25 points and three games with 30-or-more points while shooting at least 50 percent from the field in 12 of his 14 games. Additionally, he scored in double-figures in all 14 games he appeared in, and including last night, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-digits in 526 games, tying for the fourth-longest such streak in NBA history. He capped off the month leading the HEAT in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, field goals made (129) and field goal percentage.
On December 7, he posted a 21-point, 14-rebound double-double, shooting 75 percent (9-of-12) from the field, while also recording eight assists and two steals in a, 103-82, win at Minnesota. On the second night of a back-to-back set at Detroit on December 8, he scored a game-high 24 points while dishing out nine assists and grabbing seven rebounds, helping Miami to a, 110-95, victory. James missed a triple-double by a single rebound and assist, totaling a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds and a game-high nine assists vs. Cleveland in a, 114-107, win on December 14. He again missed a triple-double by a single rebound and assist in a, 117-94, win vs. Utah on December 16 after leading the HEAT in points (30), rebounds (9) and assists (9), marking the 126th time in his career, and the fourth time this season, he has led his team in points, rebounds and assists, the most among active players. In a battle of the top two teams in the East, James shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the field vs. Indiana on December 18, posting 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals to help Miami earn the, 97-94, win. He then scored a game-high 38 points in a, 121-119, victory vs. Atlanta on December 23, while also totaling eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in the same game. James capped off the month posting a 26-point, 10-assist double-double in a, 97-94, win at Denver on December 30, ending the HEAT's Western Conference road trip with a 3-1 record.