The Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried were today named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 11.
James guided the Heat to a 3-1 week with averages of 21.0 points on .569 shooting from the field, a conference-best 11.0 rebounds (tied with the Brooklyn Nets’ Kris Humphries), and 6.0 assists. James grabbed his 5,000th career rebound on Nov. 9 during Miami’s 95-89 win over Atlanta. James posted a point-rebound double-double in all four of Miami’s contests on the week and handed out six or more assists in three-of-four games.
Faried helped the Nuggets to a 4-0 week, posting three point-rebound double-doubles in the process. Faried averaged 16.8 points on .563 shooting from the field to go alongside 12.8 rebounds (second in the conference to Memphis’ Zach Randolph’s 14.3 rpg), 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals. Faried tallied 18 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals during a 107-101 victory at Golden State to close the week.
Here is a recap of the week for James and Faried:
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Nov. 5 vs. Phoenix: Scored 23 points and added 11 rebounds in a 124-99 win over the Suns.
Nov. 7 vs. Brooklyn: Tallied 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a 103-73 win over the Nets.
Nov. 9 @ Atlanta: Posted 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 95-89 win over the Hawks.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Nov. 7 @ Houston: Posted 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 93-87 win over the Rockets.
Nov. 9 vs. Utah: Collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 104-84 win over the Jazz.
Nov. 10 @ Golden State: Tallied 18 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a 107-101 overtime win against the Warriors.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Memphis’ Zach Randolph, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.