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The NBA announced today that Erik Spoelstra is the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month and LeBron James is once again the Eastern Conference Player of the Month.
Today was a good day for the Miami Heat.
The team garnered critical acclaim for not just their awe-inspiring Harlem Shake video but also for Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James for their roles in helping the Heat have an NBA-best 12-1 (.923) February record. (A win tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies would be nice too.)
Spoelstra was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month and LeBron James is once again the Eastern Conference Player of the Month.
This is LeBron's fourth consecutive honor this season - the first player in NBA history to receive the honor in four-straight months on two separate occasions. LeBron's accomplishments last month have locked him firmly into place as the favorite to win yet another MVP award.
This is the fourth time Spoelstra has won the honor, the second-most in team history, and the 12th time a Heat coach has won the award.
James averaged a league-best 29.7 points, 7.8 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 1.85 steals while shooting 64.1 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from three-point range in February. His 64.1 percent (139-of-217) shooting from the field is the highest monthly percentage by any player in the NBA (minimum of 200 attempts) since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot 65 percent (158-of-243) during the month of March in 1983. James shot 71.7 percent (66-of-92) from the field in six-straight games from February 3 through February 12, shooting at least 60 percent from the field while scoring at least 30 points in those games, becoming the only player in NBA history to hit those marks in that many consecutive games. He also posted a franchise-best seven straight 30-point games from February 3 through February 14. He recorded one triple-double, five double-doubles, four 20-10-5 games, two 30-10-5 games and one 40-10-5 game while leading the HEAT in scoring 11 times, in minutes nine times, in assists on eight occasions, in rebounds seven times, in steals four times and in blocks on three occasions during February. Additionally, he has currently shot at least 50 percent from the field in a career and HEAT franchise-high 14 consecutive games and continued his streak of scoring in double-figures in a career-high 474 consecutive games, including 196 as a member of the HEAT, a new franchise record.
James helped lead Miami to an NBA-best 12-1 (.923) February record, the franchise record 19th consecutive winning month. He shot a single-game career-high 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the field vs. Charlotte on February 4, tying the second-highest percentage in HEAT history (minimum 10 attempts) while also recording 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, becoming the first player to hit those marks while shooting at least 90 percent from the field since Wilt Chamberlain on February 24, 1967. He scored his 5,000th point as a member of the HEAT on February 6, reaching that milestone in a franchise-record 187 games. Then a few nights later on February 8 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, James shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the field, tying for the second-best shooting percent of his career. He posted a 16-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double at Philadelphia on February 23, his third triple-double this season. He capped off the month scoring a game- and season-high 40 points while dishing out a career-high 16 assists in a double-overtime, 141-129, win vs. Sacramento on February 26. He scored 15 overtime points, including 11 in the second overtime period alone, both new franchise records.
Among league leaders this season, James currently ranks third in scoring (27.3), tied for fourth in minutes (38.5), seventh in field goal percentage (.568), 10th in assists (7.3), 11th in steals (1.71), tied for 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (.411) and tied for 24th in rebounds (8.1).
Spoelstra earned the accolades after guiding the HEAT to a league-best 12-1 (.923) record during February, winning nine of those games by double-figures, including seven-straight by double-digits from February 8 through February 23, marking the third-longest double-figure win streak in team history. Miami's .923 winning percentage marks its highest February winning percentage in franchise history and its 12 wins tied for the fourth-most for any month in HEAT history. Their 12-1 February record marked their 19th consecutive winning month, the longest such streak in franchise history. Spoelstra led Miami to a perfect 6-0 record against the Western Conference, recording a +12.2 scoring margin over that span, and a perfect 7-0 at home. He led the HEAT to a 5-1 road record, winning each of those contests by double-figures, including wins at Oklahoma City, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto and Philadelphia. Miami's current 12-game winning streak is tied for the second-longest in franchise history and its 10-game home winning streak is the eight-best in team history.
Spoelstra, the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star head coach, led the HEAT to their 1,000th franchise victory on February 12 vs. Portland in their 1,969th game, becoming the ninth-fastest franchise to earn their 1,000th win. Then on February 14 at Oklahoma City, Miami never trailed in the contest as it captured a 110-100 win, sweeping the season-series against the Thunder and marking the seventh time this season the HEAT never trailed throughout an entire game.
Among league leaders, Miami currently ranks first in field goal percentage (.497), third in three-point field goal percentage (.391), third in margin of victory (+7.1), fifth in points per game (103.9), fifth in steals per game (8.65) and seventh in forced turnovers per game (15.5)