In what has become the norm in the NBA, Miami Heat forward LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Month for December on Friday.
James, who helped the Heat to an Eastern Conference-best 11-4 (.733) record, ranked second in the conference in scoring (24.6 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.581), sixth in assists (6.9 apg) and steals (1.64 spg), and 12th in rebounds (8.1 rpg). James scored at least 25 points five times and had three games of at least 30 points. He grabbed at least eight rebounds eight times and recorded at least eight assists seven times. In a 108-103 loss at Sacramento Dec. 27, James tallied 33 points, leapfrogging Larry Bird and Gary Payton for 29th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant took home the award in the west.
For the season, James is now averaging 25.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.
The NBA pointed out that “other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Indiana’s Paul George and Lance Stephenson, the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Orlando’s Arron Afflalo, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry”