By signing center Dwight Howard in free agency in the offseason and acquiring guard James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder the year before, the Houston Rockets turned themselves into one of the most talented teams in the NBA.
They’ve played especially well lately, which is why Rockets’ head coach Kevin McHale was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month by the NBA Monday.
McHale led the Rockets to a Western Conference best 8-2 (.800) record during the month of Feb. 2014. Houston recently recorded a season-best, eight-game winning streak (1/28/14-2/19/14), as well as its longest road run of 2013-14 at four in a row (1/29/14-2/19/14). The Rockets averaged 111.9 points this past month, while holding opponents to 102.2 points per game. The 9.7 scoring differential led the Western Conference and was second in the NBA in Feb. (10.0 by Miami). Houston also owned the best shooting percentage in the West (.491) and ranked seventh in the NBA in field goal defense (.437). The Rockets actually topped the century mark in each of their eight wins.
McHale’s Rockets are 40-19, tied for fourth in the Western Conference.