For the second time this season, and the 39th time of his NBA career, LeBron James has taken home yet another Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.
The Miami Heat are coming off an arduous stretch where they played six consecutive road games that spanned several different time zones. Despite Dwyane Wade ailing and sitting out two of the four games played last week, James, as well as Chris Bosh and Shane Battier, were able to lead the Heat to a 3-1 record over the week, and a 4-2 mark on their toughest road trip of the year.
LeBron helped lead the Heat with an incredible clutch performance against Houston where he set his season-high in points, an improbable win against the Nuggets where NBA teams were a collective 1-35 on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver, and a flu-game against Phoenix where he persevered to play 42 minutes and give his team the boost they needed to stave off the comeback-charged Suns.
He also set his season-high in assists with 12 against Denver.
James’ lone blemish came when his Heat lost to the Los Angeles Clippers. However, LeBron still dropped 30 points making it the second time that he dropped at least 30 in a game this season. He has still yet to score less than 20 points this season.
At Houston: 38 points (14/26) (5/8 from three), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 turnovers in 39:55; Heat win 113-110
At Los Angeles Clippers: 30 points (12/23), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 4 turnovers in 41:13; Heat lose 107-100
At Denver: 27 points (11/23), 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 4 turnovers in 41:57; Heat win 98-93
At Phoenix: 21 points (8/20), 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 turnover in 40:43; Heat win 97-88
Highlight of the Week
LeBron saves the Heat from certain defeat against Houston with an incredible three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining: