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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 21 through Sunday, March 27. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 21 through Sunday, March 27.

James helped the Cavaliers to a 3-1 week with averages of 29.0 points (first in the Eastern Conference), 8.8 assists (second in the conference) and 8.5 rebounds. James bookended the week with triple-doubles in wins over the Denver Nuggets on March 21 and New York Knicks on March 26. In all four of Cleveland’s games, James scored 25-plus points, grabbed five or more rebounds and handed out five or more assists. James’ Cavaliers sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 52-21 record.

Thompson led the Warriors to a 4-0 week behind an NBA-best 32.3 points. He shot 62.2 percent (28-of-45) from distance and made at least five three-pointers in each of Golden State’s four games. Thompson closed the week with back-to-back 40-point games in wins over the Dallas Mavericks on March 25 and Philadelphia 76ers on March 27. Thompson’s Warriors own the league’s best record at 66-7.

Here is a recap of the week for James and Thompson:

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

March 21 vs. Denver: Posted a triple-double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 124-91 win over the Nuggets.

March 23 vs. Milwaukee: Scored 26 points and added eight assists and six rebounds during a 113-104 win over the Bucks.

March 24 @ Brooklyn: Tallied 30 points, six rebounds and five assists during a 104-95 loss to the Nets.

March 26 @ New York: Recorded his second triple-double of the week with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 107-93 win over the Knicks.

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

March 21 @ Minnesota: Made five three-pointers and finished with 17 points and five rebounds in a 109-104 win over the Timberwolves.

March 23 vs. L.A. Clippers: Scored 32 points and added four rebounds and three assists in a 114-98 win over the Clippers.

March 25 vs. Dallas: Connected on nine three-pointers en route to a 40-point night during a 128-120 win over the Mavericks.

March 27 vs. Philadelphia: Posted his second consecutive 40-point game during a 117-105 win over the 76ers.

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Indiana’s Ian Mahinmi, the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.


March 29, 1952 Minneapolis center George Mikan scored a then NBA Playoff record 47 points against the Rochester Royals in Game 1 of the Western Division Finals, but the Lakers were defeated, 88-78.

March 29, 1960 Boston Celtics standout Bill Russell hauled down an NBA Finals record 40 rebounds as the Celtics lost to St. Louis 113-103. On April 18, 1962, Russell matched his 40-rebound effort in a Game 7 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers that gave Boston the 1962 NBA championship.

March 29, 1962 Elgin Baylor (45) and Jerry West (41) of the Lakers became the first teammates to both score 40 or more points in a Playoff game as the Lakers lost to Detroit 118-117 in a Western Division Finals game.

March 29, 1990 Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon became just the third NBA player (along with Nate Thurmond and Alvin Robertson) to record a quadruple-double, with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 blocks in the Rockets’ 120-94 win over Milwaukee. Four years later, David Robinson became the fourth NBA player to record a quadruple-double.

March 29, 1996 Utah beat Vancouver 105-91, increasing the Grizzlies’ record losing streak to 20. Vancouver would extend its losing streak to an NBA record 23 games. The 23-game losing streak would be tied by the Denver Nuggets during the 1997-98 season.

March 29, 1998 Indiana scored an NBA record-low 55 points (since the introduction of the 24-second shot clock) in a 74-55 loss to San Antonio. On April 10, 1999, the Chicago Bulls scored 49 points against Miami to set a new record low.

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