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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Miami Heat star LeBron James picked up his fifth consecutive Eastern Conference Player of the Month award on Friday, while the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant took home Western Conference honors for games played in March.

James helped the Heat to a league-best 17-1 record for the month. The team won 27 straight games, the second-most in NBA history, before losing at Chicago on March 27. For the month, James averaged 25.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting 53 percent from the field.

Durant, who is on pace to win his fourth straight NBA scoring title, averaged a league-best 27.6 points for the month to go with 8.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

Others nominated included Boston's Jeff Green, Brooklyn's Deron Williams, Golden State's Stephen Curry, Indiana's Roy Hibbert, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Memphis' Mike Conley, New York's J.R. Smith and San Antonio's Tim Duncan.