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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players of Month in March

The NBA announced Friday that LeBron James and Russell Westbrook were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month for March.

James averaged 24.7 points, 7.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds in March while leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an East-best 11-4 mark. The Cavaliers didn’t lose a single home game in the month and are currently on a 17-game home winning streak. James also just passed Patrick Ewing for 20th on the all-time scoring list.

Westbrook followed up his ridiculous February with a March that was nearly as good, albeit a bit less efficient. The electric point guard averaged 30.9 points, 10.2 assists and 8.5 rebounds in March after averaging 31.2 points, 10.3 assists and 9.3 rebounds in February. He’s doing his best to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoff picture without both Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, and the Thunder still currently hold the No. 8 seed.

In other awards news, Nikola Mirotic and Jordan Clarkson were named Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month. After an inconsistent start to the year, Mirotic stepped up in a big way for the Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler hurting. The rookie averaged 20.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in the month, and he led the entire NBA in points scored in the fourth quarter.

Clarkson began to emerge as a viable player in February, but he really burst onto the scene in March. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds in the month, and he became the first ever Laker to earn this honor.

Finally, the Coach of the Month awards went to Cavaliers head coach David Blatt and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors went an NBA-best 16-2 in March.

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