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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

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Spoelstra receives honor after guiding Heat to 8-3 record in February.

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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is getting more and more recognition for turning the season around and has now been named the NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February.

Spoelstra’s team finished 8-3 for the month, the second-best record in the East, and they were 5-2 on the road and 3-1 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The first five victories last month were part of the team’s historic 13-game win streak that remains the NBA’s longest this season and the third-longest in franchise history. They also reached at least 100 points in the first 10 games of the month as part of a franchise-record streak of 16 such games.

As the NBA notes, the Heat’s last three wins came against teams that are currently in the playoff race (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers) and Miami ranked third in the East in scoring (110.3 ppg) and second in points allowed (101.6 ppg) during last month.

This is the seventh time Spoelstra has won the award, the most in franchise history, and it is the 15th time a Heat coach has won.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named the Coach of the Month for the Western Conference.

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Boston’s Brad Stevens, Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, Memphis’ David Fizdale, Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan, Utah’s Quin Snyder and Washington’s Scott Brooks.