NEW YORK – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, Feb. 12.
James averaged 25.5 points, 11.3 assists (second in the East and the NBA) and 5.8 rebounds for the week as the Cavaliers went 3-1. In a 140-135 overtime victory against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 6, James set a career high with 17 assists, scored 32 points and made a turnaround, fadeaway three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to force overtime. James, who scored at least 25 points in three of four games and posted two double-doubles, shot 58.0 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from three-point range.
Griffin led the Clippers to a 2-1 week behind averages of 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists (tied for fourth in the West). In just his sixth game since returning from knee surgery, Griffin posted a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high-tying 11 assists in a 118-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 6. He shot 49.2 percent from the field for the week, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, and totaled 24 assists and only three turnovers.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Griffin:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 6 @ Washington: Set a career high with 17 assists and scored 32 points in a 140-135 overtime win against the Wizards.
Feb. 8 @ Indiana: Finished with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a 132-117 win over the Pacers.
Feb. 11 vs. Denver: Posted 27 points, 12 assists and five rebounds in a 125-109 win over the Nuggets.
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
Feb. 6 @ Toronto: Registered a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 118-109 loss to the Raptors.
Feb. 8 @ New York: Recorded 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 119-115 win over the Knicks.
Feb. 11 @ Charlotte: Contributed 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a 107-102 victory against the Hornets.
Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Houston’s James Harden, Miami’s Goran Dragic and James Johnson, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric, Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Washington’s Bradley Beal.