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LeBron James being named the Eastbay NBA Player of the Week is starting to become a little redundant, but it’s also nearly impossible to argue. Basketball analysts seem to agree, as the man they said couldn’t win another MVP playing next to another elite player is climbing up MVP ranking lists at a rapid pace. He certainly helped his case last week, leading the Miami Heat to three wins, including a season-high scoring performance in Orlando.

James averaged 26.5 points, 7.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals a night in last week’s game. He was particularly great on the road against the cross-state rival Magic, where he looked for a little revenge against his critics within that organization. LeBron scored a season-high 51 points, which is also a Miami Heat franchise record for road games. He scored 23 points in the first quarter alone, knocking down a career-high 11 of 11 shots to start the game. Additionally, James grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists in a 104-100 win.

This is the fourth time this season LeBron has been named Eastbay Player of the Week. Does he now have a leg up on players like Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard for MVP?

Eastbay NBA Player of the Week - LeBron JamesLeBron drops two of his 51 points wearing the Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V/2.