CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named today as the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in the month of March.
During the month, Cleveland posted an 11-5 record while James averaged an Eastern Conference-high 30.3 points on .484 shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game in 15 games played. He has now won the award five times in his career: once this season, twice in 2004-05 and on two occasions during the 2005-06 campaign.
James helped lead the Cavaliers to 11 wins in a month for the first time since March of 1998. He opened the month by scoring 32 or more points in five straight games on his way to eight games with at least 31 points during March. During the month, Cleveland posted a season-high eight straight wins from March 3-17. Here's a look at some of James' top performances during March:
- Posted a season-high 41 points, seven rebounds and eight assists at Detroit on March 7 to lead Cleveland to its first win in Detroit in over three years.
- Put up 24 points, a season-high 17 rebounds and nine assists in a 82-73 win over Utah on March 17. He scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists in the second half alone.
- Helped Cleveland rally from 12 points down in the fourth quarter at Milwaukee on March 10 by scoring 16 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter.
- Scored 39 points and dished out nine assists in Cleveland's win at Chicago on March 31. It marked his fifth career game with at least 39 points and nine assists in a game.