Cleveland Cavaliers SF LeBron James earned record-tying selection to All-NBA First Team

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James was named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

James received 99 first-team votes and one second-team vote, matching the 498 points Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook tallied. Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden was the only unanimous selection.

With this year’s honor, James matched a league record with his 11th All-NBA First Team selection. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone also earned 11 All-NBA First Team selections.

During the regular season, James averaged 26.4 points over 37.8 minutes per game. He converted 54.8 percent of his field goal attempts and 36.3 percent of his three-point shots. Additionally, James pulled down 8.6 rebounds, handed out 8.7 assists and stole 1.2 passes over 74 games.

The rebound and assist averages were new single-season career highs for James.

James had 13 double-doubles of points and rebounds and another 16 of points and assists for a Cavaliers team that won the Central Division for the third straight season. Also, James tallied 13 triple-doubles this year, including seven since March 1.

On the way to leading the Cavaliers to their third straight trip to the postseason, James was twice named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month (October/November, February) and the Player of the Week four times.

The Cavaliers had an NBA-best 9-2 record during February, and were 9-1 in games James played.

In 10 starts, James averaged 25.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 10.6 assists over 37.5 minutes per game. In addition to shooting .637 from the field and .571 from three-point range, James collected seven double-doubles and one triple-double.

The field-goal and three-point percentages were his single-month bests this season, and the 10.6 assists per game were the highest average of any month in his 13-year NBA career.

The only player in the league to average more than 20.0 points while shooting better than 60 percent from the field and 50 percent beyond the three-point arc in February, James ranked second in field goal percentage, second in plus-minus (plus-95), second in made field goals (100), second in assists and third in points per game.

James shot better than 56 percent from the field in nine of his 10 games, including eight games of better than .600 and three at or above .700.

James had eight 20-point games, three 30-point contests and six 10-assist showings, led by a career-high 17 helpers in a 140-135 overtime win over the Washington Wizards on February 6.

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