LeBron James was named today as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by KIA for games played in the month of March.
In 17 games during the month, James averaged 28.2 points on .472 shooting, 8.9 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game. James has now won the award for the 10th time in his career: for the third time this season (November, January); two times during 2007-08, once in 2006-07, twice in 2005-06 and twice during the 2004-05 campaign.
During March, James ranked first in triple-doubles (4), free throws made (129) and free throws attempted (170) and tied for first in double-doubles (12). He also ranked second in points per game (28.2) and field goals made (159), third in assists (8.4), tied for fifth in three-pointers made (32), sixth in steals (1.8), seventh in rebounds (8.9) and ranked 13th in blocks (1.3) among Eastern Conference players. He finished with 479 points, 152 rebounds and 143 assists during the month; the only other player in NBA history to reach each of those totals in one month is Oscar Robertson, who did it eight separate months, most recently in January 1965. James led the team to a 16-1 record during the month, helping Cleveland to its best month in franchise history and tying the league record for wins in a month. James also won Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice during the month (for the week ending March 15th and March 22nd).
James recorded four triple-doubles during the month (March 7th vs. Miami, March 10th at LA Clippers, March 12th at Phoenix and March 19th vs. Portland). On March 7th, James achieved his first triple-double of the month with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. At the LA Clippers on March 10th, he finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists and tallied two blocks and two steals. Against Phoenix, for his third triple-double of the month, James scored 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds, 13 assists and had three blocks and three steals becoming the 12th player in NBA history to have three consecutive triple-doubles. On March 19th versus the Trail Blazers, he scored a game-high 26 points and added 11 rebounds and 10 assists to record his league leading seventh triple-double of the season.
In an overtime win against the Sacramento Kings on March 13th, he led the Cavs with 51 points, nine assists, three blocks and two steals to clinch the Central Division for the second time in franchise history. This marked his eighth career game of 50 plus points and third time this season (leads the NBA).
At Quicken Loans Arena, James posted 22 points and added eight rebounds and 11 assists, versus New Jersey on March 25th. With his first points of the night he became the second player in league history to post four seasons of 2,000 or more points, 500 or more rebounds and 500 assists in a season (Oscar Robertson-six seasons) and the ninth player in NBA history to have at least five consecutive 2,000 point seasons.
James finished with 43 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block to record his 22nd double-double of the season versus the Magic on March 17th. The only other player to record those numbers in a game is Larry Bird in 1992 for the Celtics when he had 49 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.
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