Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named today as the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 4th through Sunday, January 10th.
In three games during the week, James averaged an NBA-best 33.0 points on .542 shooting, 7.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 39.1 minutes per game. James wins the award for the third time this season and the 23rd time in his career. Last week, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by KIA Motors for games played in the month of December.
James finished with 23 points on 7-12 (.583) shooting, seven rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one steal in a 121-98 victory over the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena on January 6th. The win marked the second largest margin of victory for the Cavaliers this season.
On January 8th in Denver, James put up 35 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out seven assists. In the second road game of the week, on January 10th against the Portland Trail Blazers, he finished with 31 (20 points in the first quarter alone) of his 41 points in the first half, and tallied 10 rebounds and eight assists to record his 12th double-double of the season. It was James' fifth game this season with at least 40 points, which ties him for second most this season league-wide. The game also marked the third time this season he has scored at least 40 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds, the most in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Kaman was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. Other nominees for the Eastern Conference Player of the Week were Boston's Rajon Rondo, Charlotte's Stephen Jackson, Toronto's Chris Bosh and Washington's Antawn Jamison.