Miami Heat forward LeBron James and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for the month of February.
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of February, his second selection such award this season.
Through nine games in February, James averaged 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.7 steals while shooting 57.5% from the floor. James joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to average at least 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists while hitting at least 57% from the field for a calendar month (with a minimum of six games). Coincidentally, Chamberlain also hit that mark in the month of February, albeit in 1966.
James notched three double-doubles during the month, falling one assist shy of a triple-double on one occasion and two rebounds short during two other games.
Despite Miami playing seven of their nine February games away from home, James led his team to an 8-1 record – including wins over fellow playoff teams the Thunder, Clippers, Suns, Mavericks and Warriors.
His best performance of the month came against the Dallas Mavericks (the team that beat out James’ Heat team for the title in 2011), as the reigning MVP exploded for 42 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals while shooting an absurd 69.6% from the field.
While James and the Heat also made a statement against Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, cruising to a 22-point victory despite James suffering a broken nose early in the fourth quarter.
However, the James’ biggest highlight of the nine games was against the Golden State Warriors. With Miami trailing by two with less than 15 seconds remaining against the Warriors, James took Andre Iguodala off the dribble and buried a fall-away three-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining to snatch victory from Golden State’s grasp.
Check out James’ buzzer-beating basketball against the Warriors below (via NBA):
This marks the 27th time James has been selected as the Player of the Month in his 11-year career, all coming in the Eastern Conference.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Month for his stellar performances through an 11-game February schedule. Griffin’s selection is the first of his career, and the first time a Clipper has been honoured with the award since Chris Paul in December 2012.
Through 11 games in February, Griffin averaged 30.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists while connecting on 54.5% of his field goal attempts. The former Rookie of the Year was one of only two players in the league averaging at least 30 points and 10 rebounds during the month.
In 11 games, Griffin collected eight double-doubles, highlighted by a career night against the Miami Heat.
In the spotlight against the Heat’s star trio, Griffin exploded for 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.
The former first overall draft pick pushed his Clippers squad to a 7-4 record over the month, including a 45-point embarrassment of the Philadelphia 76ers and important victories over playoff rivals Oklahoma City, Portland and Houston.
Check out Griffin hitting back-to-back windmill alley-oops against the 76ers below (via NBA):
Other players considered for each award included: Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, Charlotte’s Al Jefferson, Chicago’s Joakim Noah, Houston’s James Harden and Dwight Howard, Indiana’s Paul George and David West, Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Phoenix’s Goran Dragic, Portland’s Damian Lillard, San Antonio’s Patty Mills, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Washington’s John Wall.