After leading the Miami HEAT to a dominant February in which the team posted an NBA best 9-1 record, head coach Erik Spoelstra was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month by the NBA.
It is the sixth time he has won the award, most in team history, and it is the 14th time a HEAT coach has won it.
The Heat went 6-1 on the road during the month and the team won six straight to close out the month. The team won five of their games this month by double-digits, including the final three games. It was also their 26th consecutive winning month, best in HEAT history.
Here's more straight from the HEAT press release:
Despite having a franchise-low three home games during a full calendar month and a franchise-longest 19 days between home games, Spoelstra led the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 home record and a 6-1 road record in February, with five of those road wins against current Western Conference playoff teams. Spoelstra's defense held the opposition to under 50 percent shooting from the field in each of the 10 games in February, including under 40 percent in four of those contests. Over the last three seasons, he has led the HEAT to a 32-4 record during the month of February, including a perfect 15-0 at home.
Spoelstra recorded his 300th career coaching victory on February 23 vs. Chicago and in just his 448th career game, becoming the sixth-fastest head coach to earn his 300th victory in NBA history. He has now compiled a .671 (302-148) winning percentage, the highest in HEAT history, and his 302 career wins are the second-most in franchise history. Additionally, his .671 winning percentage ranks fifth all-time in NBA history with the league minimum 400 games coached during the regular season. Spoelstra has led Miami to a 42-14 record this season, tying for the franchise's best record thru the first 56 games of a season, including a current league-longest seven-game winning streak.
Among league leaders, Miami currently ranks first in field goal percentage (.511), first in forced turnovers per game (17.2), second in steals per game (9.18), seventh in points allowed per game (98.1), eighth in points per game (104.4) and ninth in assists per game (23.3).
The Houston Rockets' Kevin McHale was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month.
Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Brooklyn's Jason Kidd, Charlotte's Steve Clifford, Chicago's Tom Thibodeau, Dallas' Rick Carlisle, Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich and Washington's Randy Wittman.