NEW YORK – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 21 through Sunday, March 27.
James helped the Cavaliers to a 3-1 week with averages of 29.0 points (first in the Eastern Conference), 8.8 assists (second in the conference) and 8.5 rebounds. James bookended the week with triple-doubles in wins over the Denver Nuggets on March 21 and New York Knicks on March 26. In all four of Cleveland’s games, James scored 25-plus points, grabbed five or more rebounds and handed out five or more assists. James’ Cavaliers sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 52-21 record.
Thompson led the Warriors to a 4-0 week behind an NBA-best 32.3 points. He shot 62.2 percent (28-of-45) from distance and made at least five three-pointers in each of Golden State’s four games. Thompson closed the week with back-to-back 40-point games in wins over the Dallas Mavericks on March 25 and Philadelphia 76ers on March 27. Thompson’s Warriors own the league’s best record at 66-7.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Thompson:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
March 21 vs. Denver: Posted a triple-double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 124-91 win over the Nuggets.
March 23 vs. Milwaukee: Scored 26 points and added eight assists and six rebounds during a 113-104 win over the Bucks.
March 24 @ Brooklyn: Tallied 30 points, six rebounds and five assists during a 104-95 loss to the Nets.
March 26 @ New York: Recorded his second triple-double of the week with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 107-93 win over the Knicks.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
March 21 @ Minnesota: Made five three-pointers and finished with 17 points and five rebounds in a 109-104 win over the Timberwolves.
March 23 vs. L.A. Clippers: Scored 32 points and added four rebounds and three assists in a 114-98 win over the Clippers.
March 25 vs. Dallas: Connected on nine three-pointers en route to a 40-point night during a 128-120 win over the Mavericks.
March 27 vs. Philadelphia: Posted his second consecutive 40-point game during a 117-105 win over the 76ers.
Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Indiana’s Ian Mahinmi, the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.