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Heat’s James gets honor for February

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LeBron James was not among the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week honorees for any of the four weeks in February.

But he was named the East’s Player of the Month for the month.

The league announced Wednesday that the Miami Heat star had won the award for the second time this season. He also was recognized for the award in December.

Overall, James has won the award 12 times in his career. It’s the 22nd time a Heat player has won it.

James averaged 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 2.67 steals and shot 57.5 percent from the field as the Heat compiled a 9-1 record for the month. He missed one game -- a win over Chicago on Feb. 23 -- after sustaining a broken nose late in the previous game, a victory at Oklahoma City.

Only three of the Heat’s games for the month were at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena.

James had at least 20 points in eight of the games and at least 30 in seven of them. He had a high of 42 points in the win at Dallas after the All-Star Game break. His low for the month was a 13-point effort in the loss at Utah.

In the Heat’s three games for March, James has scored 103 points with a franchise-record 61 points against Charlotte last Monday.

For the season, James is averaging 27.4 points a game and shooting 58.2 percent while grabbing 6.9 rebounds and handing out 6.4 assists a game.

Earlier this week the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February.


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