Kobe, LeBron named NBA players of the week
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Two of the NBA’s best players, Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant have been named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.
James led the Heat to a 4-0 week, which included road wins over the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 23.5 points (fifth in the conference), 9.3 assists (second in the conference), 2.25 steals (third in the conference) and 7.8 rebounds. James posted two double-doubles and a 16-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double on Feb. 23 at Philadelphia as the Heat became the first club in the East to reach 40 wins. At 40-14 (.741), Miami owns a six-game lead in the conference, ahead of the Indiana Pacers (35-21, .625).
Bryant led the Lakers to a 3-0 week, which included wins vs. the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers. He finished second in the conference in scoring at 31.3 points, and added 7.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Bryant closed the week with a 38-point, 12-rebound, seven-assist performance in Dallas, a 103-99 Lakers’ win. At 28-29 (.491), the Lakers are 2.5 games behind the Houston Rockets (31-27, .534) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Bryant:
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Feb. 21 at Chicago: Scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting, and added 12 rebounds and seven assists in an 86-67 win vs. the Bulls.
Feb. 23 at Philadelphia: Collected a triple-double with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds during a 114-90 win vs. the 76ers.
Feb. 24 vs. Cleveland: Scored 28 points and added eight assists in a 109-105 win vs. the Cavaliers.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Feb. 20 vs. Boston: Posted 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds during a 113-99 win vs. the Celtics.
Feb. 22 vs. Portland: Tallied 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting, and added seven rebounds and four assists in a 111-107 win vs. the Trail Blazers.
Feb. 24 at Dallas: Collected 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 103-99 win vs. the Mavericks.
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