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MMPG: Player of the Week

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Thank you. Thank you. Now drive home safely, everybody. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum had the best week of his career, as he led his team to wins against Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Washington and San Antonio. But Cavaliers all-star forward LeBron James had a phenomenal week -- even by his standards -- that included the first buzzer-beating jumper of his career and separated him from the rest of the pack in the league's most valuable player discussion.

James's week began in inauspicious fashion with the Cleveland Cavaliers going out with a whimper of a loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, but he bounced back with one of the most impressive three-game stretches of any player this season. In wins against Portland, Golden State and Utah, James averaged a triple double with 33 points, 10.3 assists and 10 rebounds.

The highlight of James's week came on Friday night in Oakland, when James caught the ball in the left corner and buried an 18-foot, fallaway jumper over Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf as time expired. James, who had been criticized by Warriors announcer Rick Barry for lacking a consistent jumper, celebrated by mimicking a wild west gunslinger, blowing his fingers as if they were pistols. Overall, James averaged 30.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.9 assists as the Cavaliers went 3-1.

By Michael Lee  |  January 26, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
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