Kobe, LeBron earn NBA honors for March
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James and Los
Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were named Eastern Conference and Western
Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for March.
Bryant led the NBA with an average of 40.4 points in during the month, joining
Wilt Chamberlain (seven) as the only players in league history to score 50 or
more points in four straight games. Bryant totaled 65 points, seven rounds and
three steals in a 116-111 win over Portland on March 16, and registered 50
points and seven rebounds in a 111-105 win over New Orleans on March 23.
James ranked first among Eastern Conference players with a 30.3 points per
game average. Cleveland went 11-5 during the month.
He opened the month with five straight games of 32 points or more and had
eight games of 31 or more points. He scored a season-high 41 points and added
eight assists and seven rebounds on March 7 in leading the Cavaliers to their
first win in Detroit in over three years.
In other monthly award news, Miami’s Pat Riley and San Antonio’s Gregg
Popovich were named the Coaches of the Month and Charlotte’s Walter Herrmann
and Portland’s Brandon Roy were named the Rookies of the Month.
Riley guided the Heat to an 11-4 (.733) record in March. The Heat limited
their opponents to 9.4 fewer points per game than they had allowed in games
through February (57 games). Miami finished the month with the best record and
winning percentage in the Southeast Division, and tied the Cleveland Cavaliers
for the most wins in the Eastern Conference.
Popovich led the Spurs to a 13-2 record last month with an average margin of
victory of 15.2 points. San Antonio was also the first team to ever win
consecutive road games by 37 or more points while playing on back-to-back
As a starter, Herrmann averaged 18.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists,
while shooting 62.5 percent from the field. Over the last nine games, he
averaged 14.8 points and posted double-figure scoring in nine of the 13 games
he appeared in.
Roy, the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft, has started in all 14
games played this month. He led all rookies in points (18.4 ppg), assists (4.8
apg ) and minutes per game (38.1), and has also increased his rebounds per
game from 3.4 to 5.4.