Spoelstra Named Coach of Month

MIAMI, January 3rd – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December. This marks the second time Spoelstra has earned the monthly honor, after previously being named Coach of the Month for March 2010, and the 10th time a HEAT coach has won the award. 

Spoelstra earned the accolades after guiding the HEAT to a 15-1 (.938) record during December, setting HEAT franchise records for both wins in a month (15) and road wins in a month (10). Miami finished a perfect 10-0 on the road, becoming the first team in NBA history to win 10 consecutive road games during a single calendar month. Spoelstra led the HEAT to a perfect 8-0 record vs. the Eastern Conference and a 7-1 record vs. the Western Conference, averaging a +13.3 margin of victory. Miami won their last six road games vs. the Western Conference, matching their longest road streak against Western Conference opponents since February 19, 1998 through March 7, 1998. 

Spoelstra’s defensive game plan set the tone during the month as the HEAT held opponents to under 100 points in 15 of the 16 games and under 40 percent from the field in six games. Only one opponent shot above 45 percent for the month as the HEAT limited opponents to only 89.0 points per game, 40.2 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from three-point range. Miami capped off the month with a 125-119 road win at Houston, snapping their eight-game home winning streak. With their victory in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Christmas Day, Coach Spoelstra earned his 113th career win, moving him past former HEAT Head Coach Stan Van Gundy (112 wins) and into third place on the HEAT’s all-time win list. 

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