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             === James, Parker tabbed NBA Players of the Month ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports  Network) -  Miami Heat star  LeBron James garnered his
 third consecutive Eastern Conference Player of the Month award on Friday, with
 San  Antonio Spurs  point guard  Tony  Parker taking  home Western  Conference
 honors for games played in January.
 
 James  repeated the  distinction after  ranking second  among East  players in
 scoring  (27.0  ppg), third in field  goal percentage (55.5), fourth in steals
 (1.92/gm.)  and fifth  in assists (7.2 apg) for the month. The reigning league
 MVP netted at least 20 points in all 12 January games while scoring 30 or more
 seven times.
 
 Parker  averaged 21.9 points, 7.9 assists and shot 56.3 percent from the field
 in  leading the Spurs  to a 12-3 record in January. The All-Star guard amassed
 20  points  or more 12  times and notched five double-doubles (points-assists)
 during the month.
 
 Others  nominated include  Brooklyn's Brook Lopez, Chicago's Carlos Boozer and
 Joakim  Noah,  Cleveland's Kyrie  Irving, Denver's Danilo Gallinari, Houston's
 James  Harden,  New York's  Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma  City's Kevin Durant and
 Russell Westbrook, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Washington's Emeka Okafor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/01 19:16:17 ET