Feb 20, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches game action against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month


Under the guidance of head coach Erik Spoelstra, the Miami Heat have won the Eastern Conference Championship three consecutive years and have won the NBA championship in each of the last two seasons.

The Heat are again rolling and are now within 2.5 games of the Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

On Monday, the NBA named Spoelstra the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.

The official site of the Miami Heat has the scoop.

Spoelstra earned the accolades after guiding the HEAT to a league-best 9-1 (.900) record during February, winning five of those games by double-figures, including the last three-straight all by double-digits. Their 9-1 February record marked Miami’s 26th consecutive winning month, the longest such streak in franchise history. 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 also earned his 300th victory as Heat coach in the month of February.

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