Kobe Bryant and LeBron James Named Players of the Week

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Well it’s 2008 all over again.

After putting up stellar performances throughout the week, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are named Player of the Week for their respective conferences.

James led the Heat to a 4-0 week, which included road wins over the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 23.5 points (fifth in the conference), 9.3 assists (second in the conference), 2.25 steals (third in the conference) and 7.8 rebounds.

Bryant led the Lakers to a 3-0 week, which included wins over the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers. He finished second in the conference in scoring at 31.3 ppg, and added 7.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

It’s not surprise that two of the most fantastic players of the decade are putting forth their best performances when the season really begins to matter. During this week stretch, Kobe Bryant had, arguably, his best game of the season in a win against the Dallas Mavericks posting 38 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently the holders of the 9th seed in the Western Conference and 2.5 games behind the Houston Rockets.

And on the other side of the nation, LeBron, who’s having one of the best seasons in recent memories, posted a triple double (16 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) in a double-digit win over the Philadelphia 76ers. For the first time since the joining of the Big 3 in South Beach, the Miami Heat are in solid position to finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference. They are currently 40-14 and holders of the second best record in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs.

Others players considered for player of the week were Al Horford, Dwayne Wade, Jarrett Jack, Paul George, Zach Randolph, Goran Dragic and others.

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