LeBron James breaks NBA record with latest honor
He’s already a four-time NBA MVP and two-time champion — now LeBron James can stake claim to another record.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Monday for the 48th time of his career, more than any other NBA player before him. For James, 29 of those recognitions have come as a member of the Cavs.
Time off to heal from injury has obviously paid dividends for James, who averaged 27.8 points, shooting just more than 50 percent from the field, as well as six rebounds and six assists per game in the past week’s action.
James played a major role in what was a statement week for the Cavs, who went 4-0 and did so in authoritative fashion, winning each time by double digits.
In the team’s first game of the week last Monday, the Cavs knocked off the Central-leading Bulls, led by James’ game-high 26 points. Against Utah, James had the game highs in points (26) and assists (nine), plus a season high in steals (four).
Friday’s game was complete domination from the Cavs, a 39-point thrashing of the Hornets in which James again led all players in points (25) and assists (nine), but also steals (four).
James finished his impressive week with 34 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in the Cavs’ win over Oklahoma City.
Cleveland is fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 25-20 record.
In the Western Conference, Klay Thompson of the Warriors was named the player of the week.