Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named today as the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 18th through Sunday, January 24th.
In three games during the week, James averaged an NBA-best 34.0 points on .484 shooting, 7.7 rebounds and a league-high 10.7 assists in 41.3 minutes per game. James wins the award for the fourth time this season and the 24th time in his career. With winning all three games this week, James has led the Cavaliers to an NBA-best 34-11 record and a 17-3 record at home. The Cavs are also 16-5 (.762) against the Western Conference, including a perfect 8-0 against Western opponents at The Q.
James finished with game highs 28 points and 11 assists for his 14th double-double of the season and added nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks in a 108-100 victory over the Raptors on January 19th. He also became the second player this season to lead his team outright in all five of those categories (Dwight Howard).
James tallied a game-high 37 points on 13-25 (.520) shooting, a game-high nine assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in a 93-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on January 23rd. The Cavaliers have also won eight of the last 11 meetings with the Lakers and five of the last six in Cleveland.
On January 23rd at Quicken Loans Arena, he led his team to a 100-99 victory over Oklahoma City, beating the Thunder for the fifth straight contest. He had a near triple-double with a game-high 37 points, a season-high tying 12 assists and nine rebounds in 43 minutes. James has now scored 25 or more points in eight straight games.
The Denver Nuggets' Chauncey Billups was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. Other nominees for the Eastern Conference Player of the Week were Atlanta's Jamal Crawford and Joe Johnson, Miami's Dwayne Wade, Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut, Orlando's Dwight Howard and Toronto's Chris Bosh.