James, Durant named NBA Players of the Month

LEBRON JAMES of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.

James, bidding for his fourth MVP award, led the Heat to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 (.786) mark, matching the team’s best start through 14 games.

In the Eastern Conference, James ranked second in scoring (25.0 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.533), sixth in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and eighth in assists (6.5 apg).

He tallied at least 20 points in all 14 games, marking the first time in his career he opened the season with that many consecutive 20-plus-point games. In a Nov. 9 victory over Atlanta, 95-89, James had 11 boards, in the process grabbing the 5,000th rebound of his career.

Durant helped the Thunder to a 13-4 (.765) record and a four-game cushion in the Northwest Division.

He ranked second overall in scoring (26.5 ppg) while shooting .510 from the field, .433 from behind the three-point line and .893 from the charity stripe.

Additionally, Durant contributed 8.8 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.65 bpg. He recorded his first career triple-double – 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists – in a 119-109 win over Golden State on Nov. 18. Noli Cruz


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