CLEVELAND--The beat goes on!
The NBA announced today that Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, February 6, through Sunday, February 12. This marks the fourth time James has won the award in 2016-17, increasing his total to an NBA-record 57 Player of the Week awards.
In four games this past week, James led the Cavaliers to a 3-1 record after averaging 25.5 points on .580 (40-69) shooting from the field, including .600 (9-15) from beyond the arc, 5.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 38.5 minutes. Among Eastern Conference leaders, the 2017 NBA All-Star forward ranked first in total assists (45), second in assists per game (11.3), third in total points (102), tied for sixth in plus/minus (+30), seventh in points per game (25.5), 10th in three-point percentage (.600) and 13th in field goal percentage (.580). James, who was the only player in the NBA with averages of at least 25.0 points and 10.0 assists this past week, scored at least 25 points and shot over .560 from the field in three of the four games, including .667 or better on two occasions.
In the Cavs' 140-135 overtime win at Washington on Feb. 6, James hit a late game-tying three-pointer that sent the contest into overtime and finished with 32 points on 12-18 (.667) shooting, including a season-best 6-8 (.750) shots from beyond the arc, seven rebounds, a career-high 17 assists, two steals and two blocks in 42 minutes. He became the first player in franchise history to record at least 32 points, seven rebounds and 17 assists in a single game, as he also moved past Lenny Wilkens (7,211) for 13th all-time in assists and passed Magic Johnson (1,724) for 20th in all-time steals that night. Cleveland's 140 points were the franchise’s most ever in a road game (prev. 137 on 2/28/84 at Kansas City Kings).
In a 132-117 road win at Indiana on Feb. 8, James tallied his 800th career block and posted 25 points on 9-16 (.563) shooting, nine assists, six boards, a steal and a block in 38 minutes. James helped the Cavs record at least 130 points in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history and also led them to becoming the first team in NBA history to win consecutive road games against teams that had a winning streak of seven games or longer (Washington-7, Indiana-7). In the following contest in Oklahoma City on Feb. 9, James recorded 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 41 minutes. He closed out the week with 27 points on 11-16 (.688) shooting, five rebounds and 12 assists in 33 minutes, while also passing Brad Daugherty (5,227) for second place in franchise history in rebounds in the the Cavs' 125-109 win over Denver on Feb. 11.