The NBA has named their Players of the Month for the month of February. For the Eastern Conference, it’s no surprise as LeBron James wins again. He’s been named Player of the Month for November, December, and January; no other player in the East has been named Player of the Month. For the Western Conference, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. It’s his first time winning the award this season. November’s was Kevin Durant, December’s was Chris Paul, and January’s was Tony Parker.
The Heat have been on a roll with LeBron leading them. They only lost one game in the month and that was against the Pacers on February 1st. After that, the Heat went on a roll, winning twelve straight for the rest of the month. As for LeBron’s numbers, they’re incredible as usual. He averaged 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.8 assists in February, topping it off with a dominant performance against the Sacramento Kings in double overtime: 40 points, eight rebounds, and a career-high 16 assists. Also, he shot an outstanding .641 from the field that month. Amazing. LeBron is primed to win his fourth Most Valuable Player award, especially since he’s won Player of the Month for all months of the 2012-13 season in the East.
As for Kobe, it’s like he’s turned back the clock. Kobe averaged 23.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists while shooting .489 from the field. While that shooting pales in comparison to LeBron, that’s still excellent for a shooting guard. There were times when the Lakers have asked him to distribute the ball and he came through, increasing his assists numbers every month this season. He posted a 40-point game against Portland in a close victory on February 22nd and then had 38 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists against the Dallas Mavericks on February 24th. The Lakers are on the rise as they went 8-4 in the month of February.
Congratulations to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for winning the Player of the Month honors for the month of February in their respective conferences.