Despite 61, LeBron not Player of the Week

Carmelo AnthonyHow do you score 61 points in a game and not get named NBA Player of the Week?

Well, if you’re LeBron James, you total 58 points in the three ensuing games, all losses.

James and the Miami Heat had one of their worst three-game stretches of the season, minimizing the impact of his 61-point explosion a week ago and giving Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors to Carmelo Anthony, whose New York Knicks had a rare good week.

Anthony averaged  29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 steals as the Knicks went 3-1 and remained on the fringes of the East playoff race. 

Melo went for 33 in a win at Minnesota and 29 with eight assists in a home win over Utah.

The Western Conference winner for the second straight week was James Harden, who powered the Houston Rockets to a 4-0 week. Harden averaged 30.3 points, 6.8 assists and 2.5 steals.

Harden had 21 and 11 assists in a win over Miami and went for 41 in an overtime win over Portland.

Don’t shed any tears for James. This season, he has won Player of the Week twice and Player of the Month twice.

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