Kobe Bryant was announced as the NBA Western Conference player of the month on Friday for his performance throughout the month of February.
Bryant helped lead the Lakers to a 9-4 record, averaging 23.9 points along with 6.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds a game.
The Lakers started the month six games below .500 at 20-26. Heading into their Sunday night battle at Staples Center against the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers are now just one game below .500 (29-30).
Bryant scored 38 points in a victory in Dallas with 12 rebounds and seven assists. He leads the league, tied with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, with 24 30-point games this season. He also scored 40 points in a 111-107 win in Los Angeles over the Portland Trail Blazers.