Heat’s LeBron James, Clippers’ Blake Griffin named NBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – The Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 17.

James averaged a league-best 34.0 points in leading the Heat to a 3-0 week. He led Miami in scoring in all three games and shot .702 from the field (fifth in the league), .625 from three-point range, and .810 from the foul line. On Nov. 15, James tallied 39 points on 14-of-18 shooting and added six rebounds and four assists as the Heat topped the Dallas Mavericks 110-104.

Griffin helped the Clippers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 25.7 points (tied for third in the Western Conference), 11.3 rebounds (ninth in the conference), 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals. He posted a point-rebound double-double in all three games. On Nov. 13, Griffin scored 22 points and added 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals as the Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-103.

Here is a recap of the week for James and Griffin:

LeBron James, Miami Heat

Nov. 12 vs. Milwaukee: Recorded 33 points, three rebounds and two assists in a 118-95 win over the Bucks.

Nov. 15 vs. Dallas: Posted 39 points, six rebounds and four assists during a 110-104 win over the Mavericks.

Nov. 16 @ Charlotte: Scored 30 points and added seven assists and four rebounds as the Heat beat the Bobcats 97-81.

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers  

Nov. 11 vs. Minnesota: Scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists during the Clippers’ 109-107 win over the Timberwolves.

Nov. 13 vs. Oklahoma City: Tallied 22 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 111-103 win over the Thunder.

Nov. 16 vs. Brooklyn: Posted 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting, and added 12 rebounds during a 110-103 win over the Nets.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Chicago’s Luol Deng, Denver’s Ty Lawson, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s Jeremy Lin, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Orlando’s Arron Afflalo and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge.