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Sunday, May 2, 2010

LBJ highlights

LEBRON JAMES’ SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

• Led the Cavaliers to an NBA-best 61-21 (.744) record and became just the 12th team in NBA history to win 60 or more games in a season.

• Helped Cleveland post an NBA-best 35-6 (.854) record at The Q and a 26-15 (.634) road record, which tied for the second-best road record in the league this season.

• Helped the Cavs become first team to have the best overall record in consecutive seasons since the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 (72-10) and 1996-97 (69-13)

• Is the only player to average at least 27.0 points in each of the past six seasons

• Led the league in plus/minus total at +650 and plus/minus ratio per game at +8.6

• Led the league in road scoring at 31.0 ppg and averaged more than 30.0 points on the road for the third straight season

• Led the league in both second half scoring at 14.9 ppg and fourth quarter scoring at 8.0 ppg; scored at least 20 points in the second half of an NBA-best 19 games and at least 10 points in the fourth quarter an NBA-best 27 times

• With 2,258 points, 554 rebounds and 651 assists, became just the third player (seventh time) to have more than 2,250 points, 650 assists and 550 rebounds in a season; he joined Oscar Robertson (five times: 1961-1966) and Michael Jordan (1988-89)

• Became the youngest player to score 13,000 points (24 years, 301 days) on Oct. 27 versus Boston, 14,000 points (25 years, three days) on Jan. 2 at New Jersey and 15,000 points (25 years, 79 days) on Mar. 19 versus Chicago

• Set a career-high in field goal percentage at .503 and shot his second-highest career mark in free throw percentage at .767; was the only player in the Top 8 of the NBA’s leading scorers that shot above .500 percent from the field

• His 8.6 assists average was a career high and he became the first forward in NBA history to average more than 8.0 assists per game and is just one of three players in history at 6-foot-8 or taller to average eight assists for an entire season (Wilt Chamberlain in 1967-68 and Magic Johnson 11 times)

• Led the league in points+rebounds+assists average per game with 45.6 and was the only player to have an average over 41.0

• Had a league-high 15 games this season in which he led his team (tied or outright) in the categories of points, assists and rebounding

• Was the only player in the NBA with at least 500 rebounds, 600 assists, 125 steals and 75 blocks

• Won the NBA’s Player of the Month award for the first four months of the season (Nov. 2009, Dec. 2009, Jan. 2010, Feb. 2010) and for six consecutive months dating back to the 2008-09 season (Mar. 2009, Apr. 2009); won the NBA’s Player of the Week award six times this season

• Had a season-high 48 points on his birthday, Dec. 30, versus Atlanta, to go along with 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks; shot 15-23 (.652) from the field, 4-6 (.667) from behind the arc and 14-16 (.875) from the free throw line; was the most points scored against the Hawks by a Cavalier

• On Feb. 6 versus New York, set a franchise record with 35 points in the first half and scored 23 points in the first quarter, tying The Q’s individual record for points in a period; finished the game with 47 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals; became the first player to reach those numbers in a game since Rick Barry (64 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, five steals) did it for Golden State on March 26, 1974

• On Jan. 31 versus the Los Angeles Clippers, tied The Q’s record with 23 of his game-high 32 points in the first quarter, while also tying the team record with five three-pointers made in the first quarter

• Named to the 2010 NBA All-Star Eastern Conference Team and tallied 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals in the All-Star Game

• On Feb. 18 versus Denver, posted 43 points, a career-high tying 15 assists, 13 rebounds, two steals and a season-high tying four blocks; became the first NBA player ever to reach those numbers in a game since steals and blocks became official statistics in 1973-74.

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