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LeBron named East Player of the Week again...in highlights

LeBron James was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second week in a row. He's been named Player of the Week 39 times over his career and 13 times with the Heat.

First, the numbers STRAIGHT from the Heat's press release: 

James led the HEAT to a 3-1 record, averaging a league-high 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.25 blocks and 1.00 steals while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. He posted two double-doubles while leading the team in minutes in all four games, in scoring on three occasions, in rebounds and assists twice each and in steals and blocks one time each. James has now scored at least 20 points in each of the first 11 games of the season, a new career-best to start a season. Additionally, he has continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 430 consecutive games, including 152 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.

Now, let's rank our best highlights of the week. Rolls of the drums (like, four imaginary drums, just to make this official)...

This first highlight was early in the Heat's game against the Rockets. James had a season high in points, 38. Maybe Mario Chalmers should get Eastern Conference Most Improved Lob Passer of the Week.

Moving to later in the game. James nailed this three-pointer with 1:49 left, cutting Houston's lead to a point.

And, of course, Jeremy Lin provided the Eastern Conference's Gag of Week, or maybe the year. The Rockets TV annoucers were momentarily speechless. Collective crowd reaction: "What the?!"

Moving to Los Angeles. Not a good outcome for the Heat, although LeBron did have 30 points. We'll skip the highlights and just offer up this excellently produced preview of the game I found on YouTube.

On to Denver, where the Heat won for the first time in 10 years despite the game being a back-to-back on little sleep. James had 27 points and the highlight of the week...

And then James left this guy hanging after the game. James probably knew he had the flu at this point during the road trip, so he likely was just doing the guy a solid.

James played with flu-like symptoms in Phoenix, scoring 21 points in victory.

Who said Mike Miller can't play point guard...

And then the reverse slam. I couldn't find an individual highlight for it on YouTube, but the play stood out for two reasons: 1. It was a sick dunk. 2. LeBron was actually sick. He sprinted the entire length of the court as soon as Michael Beasley lost possession of the ball. The Suns weren't loafing on the play, conceding an easy basket. Four players tried to race back on defense but none could keep up with LeBron.

Here are the game's complete highlights...

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