Dwyane Wade named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Dwyane Wade averaged 24.5 points points per game for the Heat last week.

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After leading the Miami Heat to a 3-1 record last week, Dwyane Wade was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 16 through March 22, the NBA announced Monday.

Wade averaged 24.5 points (second in the East), four assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting 53.2 percent to help put the Heat back into the playoff picture. He lead the team in points three of the four games, including a pair of 32-point games.

With his shooting skills on full display at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade shot 13 of 18 from the field during a game-high 32-point performance to put away the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 16. He followed that up two days later by scoring 15 of his team-leading 32 points in the fourth quarter — including the final eight points of the game — in addition to six assists to help beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

Wade then recorded 22 points and four assists in a 108-91 victory against the Denver Nuggets last Friday to complete Miami’s first three-game winning streak since the start of the season. He finished the week with 12 points, four assists and two steals in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

It is the first time Wade has won the award this season and 17th time he has won it in his career.

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