MIAMI, December 27 â€“ The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of Week for games played December 20-26. This marks the 27th time James has earned Player of the Week accolades in his career and is now also the 27th time in franchise history a HEAT player has earned Player of the Week honors and the first time James has earned the honor as a member of the HEAT.
He led the HEAT to 2-1 week, averaging 27.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.33 steals while shooting 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the field, 60 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range and 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the foul line. He recorded two double-doubles, including a triple-double, as he led the team in assists in all three games and in points and steals twice each and in rebounds once.
James posted a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double vs. Dallas on December 20 while also dishing out a game-high seven assists in 36:05 minutes. He then scored a game-high 36 points in a 12-point, 95-83, win at Phoenix on December 23 while tallying six rebounds, four assists and a game-high three steals in 37:23 minutes of action. In the final game of the week, James posted the 31st triple-double of his career, and the third as a member of the HEAT, after scoring a game-high 27 points, 11 rebounds, a game-high 10 assists and a game-high four steals in 38:11 minutes helping the HEAT register a 16-point, 96-80, victory in Los Angeles against the Lakers on December 25, marking it as the first NBA Christmas Day triple-double in 40 years.
Among league leaders this season, James ranks 5th in scoring (24.8), tied for 11th in assists (7.2), 17th in minutes (37.2), tied for 21st in steals (1.47), and tied for 35th in rebounds (6.6).