James, Aldridge named NBA Players of the Week

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2018 08:30 AM
James, Aldridge named NBA Players of the Week
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Cleveland Cavaliers press release

CLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Week 23 (games played March 20, through March 26, PHL time). This marks the second consecutive week and the fourth overall time that James has won the award in 2017-18, increasing his career total to an NBA-record 61 Player of the Week awards.

James led the Cavaliers to a perfect 4-0 record last week after averaging 34.8 points (tied for highest in NBA), 8.8 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 1.25 steals in 36.8 minutes over his four games (all starts). He also shot .627 (52-83) from the field, the highest percentage among any NBA player who took at least 20 field goal attempts, and was the only player in the East to make more than 40 field goals after tallying 52 field goals made on the week. James, who posted three double-doubles (one triple-double), was also the only player in the NBA to average more than 20.0 points and 10.0 assists last week. Among Eastern Conference leaders, he ranked first in points per game, first in field goals made (52), second in assists per game (11.0), second in free throws made (29), tied for second in double-doubles (3) and 10th in rebounds per game (8.8). James made at least 11 field goals in all four games last week and tallied at least 27 points, six rebounds and eight assists in each contest. Also during Week 23, James helped the Cavaliers tie their franchise record by scoring 120 points in four straight games (also accomplished Feb. 8-14, 2018, PHL time).

James opened the week with his 16th triple-double of the season in the Cavs’ 124-117 win over Milwaukee on March 19 (Mar. 20, PHL time), finishing with game-highs of 40 points on .552 (16-29) shooting, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 40 minutes of action. The outing marked his fifth career 40-point triple-double. Versus Toronto on March 21 (Mar. 22, PHL time), James tallied a game-high 35 points on a .579 (11-19) clip from the field and .857 (12-14) from the charity stripe, a game-high 17 assists (zero turnovers) and seven rebounds in 39 minutes during Cleveland's 132-129 victory. His 17 assists were the most helpers with no turnovers in James’ career. In the win, James also became the first player in NBA history to record 35+ points, 15+ assists and zero turnovers in any game (including playoffs) since the NBA started recording turnovers in 1977-78. During the Cavs’ 120-95 win over Phoenix on March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time), James recorded 27 points on 11-16 (.689) shooting, nine assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes. His first turnover came late in the third quarter, snapping his streak of 28 consecutive assists without a turnover (longest of his career). James closed out the week by recording his 45th double-double of the season with a game-high 37 points on 14-19 (.737) shooting, 10 rebounds, a game-high eight assists and one steal in 38 minutes of work in Cleveland’s 121-114 win at Brooklyn on March 25 (Mar. 26, PHL time).

In 73 games (all starts) this season, James is averaging a team-high 27.5 points (third in NBA) on .550 shooting from the field (13th in NBA), a career-high tying 8.6 rebounds (15th in NBA), a career-high 9.1 assists (second in NBA), 1.51 steals (tied-20th in NBA) and 0.96 blocks (32nd in NBA) in 37.1 minutes per game. The 14-time NBA All-Star also has a career-high 45 double-doubles (tied-fourth in NBA) and a career-high 16 triple-doubles (second in NBA). He leads the league in field goals made (771) 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. James has 2,009 points so far in 2017-18, marking his 10th career 2,000-point season and first since 2013-14. He is just the third player in NBA history to have 10 different seasons with 2,000 points or more, joining Karl Malone (12) and Michael Jordan (11). This is also the eighth time James (630 rebounds, 665 assists) has registered at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a season, the most such seasons for any player in NBA history. Only two other players have had more than two 2,000-point, 500-rebound, 500-assist seasons – Oscar Robertson (six) and Larry Bird (three). (Elias Sports Bureau)

San Antonio Spurs press release

SAN ANTONIO – The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 19, through Sunday, March 25 (Mar. 20-26, PHL time).

With his 10th career Player of the Week honor, Aldridge becomes just the third player to wear a Spurs uniform to be named Player of the Week at least 10 times, joining David Robinson (14) and Tim Duncan (23). This marks the second time he has been named Player of the Week since joining the Silver and Black in 2015.

Aldridge averaged 34.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.00 blocks in 34.8 minutes for the week, while shooting .596 (56-94) from the field and .867 (26-30) from the foul line. He led the team in scoring in all four games and helped the Spurs go 3-1 for the week. Aldridge started off the week by scoring 33 points (13-22 FG, 7-7 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds and 2 blocks in 35 minutes in an 89-75 victory against Golden State on March 19 (Mar. 20, PHL time). It was his sixth game of the season with 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds, the most in a single season by a Spur since Tim Duncan's six in 2004-05. Two nights later he finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks in 31 minutes in a 98-90 win vs. Washington on March 21 (Mar. 22, PHL time). On Friday (Saturday, PHL time), Aldridge posted a career-high 45 points (19-28, 1-1 3FG, 6-8 FT), including 28 in the first half, to lift San Antonio over Utah 124-120 in overtime, becoming just the fifth Spur in the last 20 years to eclipse the 40-point mark. He added 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists in 41 minutes of work. To finish out the week, Aldridge recorded his 16th game of the season with 30-or-more points, tallying 34 (12-21 FG, 10-12 FT), 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 32 minutes in a 103-106 loss at Milwaukee.

Aldridge has paced the Spurs in scoring 52 times this season, second in the NBA behind LeBron James - 56. He is just fifth Spur in franchise history to lead the team in scoring 50 times in a season joining Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and George Gervin. Over his last five games he’s combined to score 178 points, the most points Aldridge has recorded over a five-game stretch in his career.

Aldridge is averaging a team-best 23.2 points to go along with 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.16 steals in 33.5 minutes while shooting .508 (614-1,2019) from the floor, and.835 (303-363) from the free throw line.

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