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MMPG: Player of the Week

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers


The rest of y'all need to catch up. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)


How could LeBron James top a week in which he had two triple-doubles and a 50-point game? The front-runner for the MVP award led the Cleveland Cavaliers to four wins against Orlando, Portland, Atlanta and New Jersey by averaging 30.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists, flexing his dominance in each game, while his team extended its winning streak to nine in a row.

James started out on St. Patrick's Day, wearing some lucky green-and-white Nikes in an impressive 97-93 win against the Orlando Magic, in which he scored 43 points -- including the decisive three-pointer with 47.4 seconds remaining. He also added 12 rebounds, eight assists, four steals. Two nights later, James had another triple-double -- his league-best seventh of the season -- with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 97-92 overtime win against Portland. James scored six points in overtime and also played harassing defense against Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, holding him scoreless in the extra frame.

On Saturday, James scored 22 points to help snap the Atlanta Hawks' seven-game win streak and lead his team to a 32-1 record at Quicken Loans Arena. He capped off his week with 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Cavaliers won their ninth consecutive game, 96-88, against the New Jersey Nets on Sunday. The Cavaliers are 57-13 and need only one more victory to set a franchise record for wins in a season.



By Michael Lee  |  March 23, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
 
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