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Heat’s James Player of Week in East once again

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Once again, LeBron James has earned recognition as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 1, the NBA announced Monday.

It's the 45th time the Heat star has won the award, the most in league history. It's the 19th time he has earned it as a member of the Heat.

It's the second time he has been recognized this season, having won it just two weeks ago.

James average a league-high 29 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.5 steals and shot 60.3 percent in the Heat's four games for the week.

The Heat won all four, extending their winning streak to 10 going into Tuesday night’s game in Miami against the Detroit Pistons.

For the season, James is averaging 29.6 points a game (third in the league), shooting 59.8 percent overall (second) and 48.1 from 3-point range (tied for eighth), and handing out 6.3 assists per game (tied for 13th).

All that while contending with a back problem.

It’s considered to be a minor issue, and according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, James will continue to play through it unless the pain increases.

Coach Erik Spoelstra told the newspaper there are no immediate plans to rest James, unlike the situation with guard Dwyane Wade. Wade has missed games to rest his aching knee.

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