NEW YORK, March 1, 2006 – The Miami Heats’ Pat Riley and Phoenix Suns’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.


Riley

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Riley led the Heat to an 8-2 month concluding with a six-game winning streak. Miami shot a league-high (.516) from the field (.516) while holding opponents to .439 (8th). Miami recorded a key 100-98 victory over the visiting Eastern Conference-leading Detroit Pistons on Feb. 12. They also defeated Cleveland 101-73 on Feb. 2 as Dwyane Wade led the team with 24 points. Five of the team’s eight wins were by double-digits.

D’Antoni has the Suns on an NBA leading seven-game winning streak, capturing their latest victory after a 12-point deficit to the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on Feb. 27. Other key games included a 118-101 win over Chicago on Feb. 4 as the team was 17-of-39 (.435) from three-point range and a 116-101 win oat Denver on Feb. 15 when the team recorded 33 assists and was 14-of-25 (.560) from three-point range.

Other nominees for the Coach of the Month award were Dallas’ Avery Johnson, Detroit’s Flip Saunders, Houston’s Jeff Van Gundy and Washington’s Eddie Jordan.