LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month
MIAMI, February 1 – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, presented by Kia Motors for games played in January 2013. This marks the 18th time a HEAT player has earned Player of the Month honors in franchise history and James’ eighth as a member of the HEAT, the most by a player in franchise history. Additionally, this marks James’ third Player of the Month honor this season, becoming the first player in NBA history to receive the honor in three-straight months on two separate occasions. He previously achieved the feat six-straight times from March 2009 through February 2010.
James averaged 27.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.92 steals while shooting 56.8 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range in January. During the month of December, James posted 27.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.00 steals while shooting 55.5 percent from the field, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has now become the only player in NBA history to post at least 27.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.90 steals while shooting at least 55 percent from the field in consecutive months.
This past month he posted a triple-double and six double-doubles while leading the team in scoring and rebounding eight times each, in assists on 11 occasions, in minutes nine times, in steals five times and in blocks twice. He posted four 20-10-5 games, including three 30-10-5 games, while shooting at least 50 percent from the field in 11 of Miami’s 13 games. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 461 consecutive games, including 183 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James helped lead Miami to an 8-5 (.615) January record, their franchise’s best 18th consecutive winning month. With his 18th point at Golden State on January 16, he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points. He also dished out his 5,000th career assist in the same game, becoming the second-fastest player in NBA history to hit that mark in his 726th game, only Oscar Robertson accomplished that feat faster, doing it in 671 career games. The next night he scored a season-high 39 points against the Lakers on January 17 while also grabbing a team-high seven rebounds, dishing out a game-high seven assists and three steals. He then scored 24 points at Brooklyn in a 105-85 win on January 30, marking his 20th consecutive 20-point game against the Nets, the second longest such streak vs. the Nets by any player in the NBA, second to only Michael Jordan’s 39-game streak from December 4, 1985 through April 5, 1995. He capped off the month shooting career-highs in field goal percentage (.548) and three-point field goal percentage (.404) thus far this season.Among league leaders this season, James currently ranks fourth in scoring (26.5), tied for fifth in minutes (38.6), 10th in assists (7.1), 11th in field goal percentage, 13th in steals (1.67), tied for 24th in rebounds (8.3) and 25th in three-point field goal percentage.