Forwards LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets were named NBA Players of the Week on Monday.
It was the all-time record 38th Player of the Week award for James, who won for the Eastern Conference. He led the Heat to a 3-1 mark, posting double-doubles in points and rebounds in all four games. He averaged 21.0 points, 11.0 boards and 6.0 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field.
It was the first Player of the Week award for Faried, who won for the West. He powered the Nuggets to a 4-0 week after an 0-3 start by averaging 16.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 56 percent from the field. Faried had three double-doubles.
Other candidates included 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.