CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James has been named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
James earned the honor for the 36th time in his career and second straight month, as he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in October/November of 2017. It was the 24th time a Cavaliers player was honored with the accolade.
James averaged nearly a triple-double, as he scored 27.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 1.93 steals over 38.1 minutes per game for a Cavaliers team that went 7-0 at Quicken Loans Arena and 9-5 overall in December.
James shot .524 from the field, .346 beyond the three-point arc and .804 at the charity stripe while recording nine double-doubles and an Eastern Conference-leading five triple-doubles.
The only player in the Eastern Conference to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game, James ranked first in the East in assists and triple doubles, second in double-doubles, third in points per game, tied for second in steals per game and ninth in rebounds per game.
James scored at least 20 points in 14 games and 30 in five of those contests, pulled down at least 10 rebounds seven times and handed out 10 or more assists on seven occasions.
James was twice been named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week in December, and has now won an NBA-record 59 such awards.
From December 11 to 17, James led the Cavaliers to a perfect 4-0 record with wins over the Atlanta Hawks (123-114), Los Angeles Lakers (121-112) and Utah Jazz (109-100) at Quicken Loans Arena before a 106-99 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
During that stretch, James averaged a triple-double of 24.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 13.5 assists along with 1.3 steals over 38 minutes per game. Additionally, James shot 52.2 percent from the field.
In those four games, James recorded three straight triple-doubles for just the second time in his career. The first trio of triple-doubles came between March 7 and 12, 2009, which was the same season in which James earned his first NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
In the win over the Hawks, James registered the third-best single-game field goal percentage of his career, making 11 of his 13 looks at the basket (.846) on the way to 25 points and 17 assists, which matched his single-game personal best for helpers.
James was the second player in NBA history to score 25 points and hand out 17 assists with at least an .840 shooting percentage in a single game. Hall of Fame center Oscar Robertson was the first to do so on December 15, 1968.
Additionally, James registered the 1,800th steal and 8,000th rebound of his career in December.
James started the streak of triple-doubles with a 25-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist showing against the Lakers, and followed it up with a 29-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist outing against the Jazz, which was his 60th career triple-double and moved him past Larry Bird for sixth in NBA history.
James scored 20 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and handed out 15 assists over 41 minutes against the Wizards. James' fourth basket of the game moved him ahead of Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the NBA's all-time field goals made list.
At 25-13, the Cavaliers hold a four-game lead over both the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons in the Central Division standings.