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, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 25.
James led the Cavaliers to a 4-0 week behind averages of 27.8 points (second in the conference), 6.8 assists (tied-fifth in the conference), 6.3 rebounds and 2.25 steals (sixth in the conference). He scored 25 or more points in all four contests, and recorded back-to-back games with four steals on Jan. 21 and Jan. 23, during wins over the Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets. On Jan. 25, James tallied 34 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks during a 108-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Thompson averaged 33.0 points (second in the West) and helped the Warriors to a 4-0 week. He connected on 21-of-38 three-point attempts, and ranked eighth in the conference with 2.25 steals per game. On Jan. 23, during a 126-101 win over the Sacramento Kings, Thompson set an NBA record for most points in a quarter with 37 in the third period, en route to 52 points for the game.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Thompson:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 19 vs. Chicago: Scored 26 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a 108-94 win over the Bulls.
Jan. 21 vs. Utah: Posted 26 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals in a 106-92 win over the Jazz.
Jan. 23 vs. Charlotte: Tallied 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals during a 129-90 win over the Hornets.
Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City: Contributed 34 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks during a 108-98 win over the Thunder.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Jan. 19 vs. Denver: Scored 22 points and added three rebounds and three assists during a 122-79 win over the Nuggets.
Jan. 21 vs. Houston: Recorded 27 points, five assists, three rebounds and four steals in a 126-113 win over the Rockets.
Jan. 23 vs. Sacramento: Poured in 52 points, including 11-of-15 shooting from deep, and added five assists, two rebounds, two blocks and four steals in a 126-101 win over the Kings.
Jan. 25 vs. Boston: Tallied 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting in a 114-111 win over the Celtics.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Dallas’ Monta Ellis, Houston’s James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.