James, Westbrook named NBA Players of the Week
NBA.com Global on Mar 20, 2018 07:32 AM
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Cleveland Cavaliers press release
CLEVELAND – The NBA announced on Monday, March 19 (Tuesday, Mar. 20, PHL time) that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 12, through Sunday, March 18 (Mar. 13-19, PHL time). This marks the third time James has won the award in 2017-18, increasing his total to an NBA-record 60 Player of the Week awards.
In three games this past week, James led the Cavaliers to a 2-1 record after averaging a NBA-best 32.0 points on .569 shooting from the field, 13.3 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 blocks in 38.0 minutes. He recorded three double-doubles, which includes two triple-double performances during the week. Among Eastern Conference leaders, the 6-8 forward led the conference in points per game (32.0) and field goals made (37), while tying for first in double-doubles (3) and triple-doubles (2). In addition, he ranked second in assists per game (9.7), tied for second in blocks per game (2.33), third in rebounds per game (13.3), tied for fifth in steals per game (2.0) and 15th in field goal percentage (.569). James, who tallied at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in all three contests, was the only player in the NBA to average at least 30.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
James opened the week with a triple-double in the Cavs’ 129-107 win at Phoenix on March 13 (Mar. 14, PHL time), tallying 28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks, while going 13-15 (.867) from the foul line in 33 minutes. At Portland on March 15 (Mar. 16, PHL time), James posted his 400th career double-double with a game-high 35 points on 15-25 (.600) shooting, a game-high 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals and three blocks in 41 minutes, becoming just the sixth active player to reach that double-double plateau. During Cleveland’s 114-109 victory at Chicago on March 17 (Mar. 18, PHL time), James registered his 70th career triple-double (15th of season) with 33 points on 15-26 (.577) shooting, 13 rebounds, a game-high 12 assists, a steal and two blocks in 40 minutes of work. He became just the sixth player in NBA history to reach 70 career triple-doubles, joining Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107), Russell Westbrook (102) and Wilt Chamberlain (78). James also passed Mike Miller (1,590 3FGM) for sole possession of 21st place on the NBA’s all-time career three-pointers made list with his first triple in the win at the United Center.
In 69 games (all starts) in 2017-18, James is averaging a team-high 27.1 points (4th in NBA) on .545 shooting from the field (14th in NBA), a career-high tying 8.6 rebounds (13th in NBA), a career-high 9.0 assists (2nd in NBA), 1.52 steals (21st in NBA) and 0.99 blocks (31st in NBA) in 37.1 minutes per game. The 14-time NBA All-Star also has a career-high tying 42 double-doubles (tied-5th in NBA) and a career-high 15 triple-doubles (2nd in NBA). James leads the NBA in field goals made (719) and is the only player with at least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and a .500 field goal percentage this season.
Oklahoma City Thunder press release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played March 12-18 (Mar. 13-19, PHL time), it was announced today by the National Basketball Association. Westbrook has now received Player of the Week honors two times this season and 17 times in his career.
The reigning NBA MVP led Oklahoma City to a 4-0 week as the Thunder has now won six consecutive games overall after last night’s victory in Toronto over the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors. Westbrook registered a triple-double in each contest this past week while averaging 25.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 12.0 assists on .526 (41-78 FGs) shooting from the field.
Westbrook recorded the 100th triple-double of his career on March 13 (Mar. 14, PHL time) with a game-leading 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, game-high 12 rebounds and game-best 12 assists, making him just the fourth player to hit that milestone and the third-fastest player to do so. In Oklahoma City’s win over Toronto on March 18 (Mar. 19, PHL time), Westbrook registered his fifth consecutive triple-double with a game-leading 37 points, game-high 13 rebounds and game-best 14 assists. This marks his third streak of five straight triple-doubles (joining Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history to accomplish the feat).
Oklahoma City is now 18-5 this season when Westbrook registers a triple-double and holds an 84-18 (.824) record over the course of his career.
Additionally, Westbrook dished out his 6,000th assist on March 18 (Mar. 19, PHL time) at Toronto, making him the only active player besides LeBron James with at least 6,000 assists and 4,800 rebounds and just the 13th NBA player to do so.
The two-time NBA All-Star MVP holds averages of 25.3 points, a league-leading 10.2 assists, 9.7 rebounds and 1.79 steals in 36.2 minutes on the season while recovering the most loose balls each game (2.2) and ranking second in defensive win shares (3.9).