BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March after leading the Nets to a 12-4 record, the league announced today.
This marks the second Coach of the Month honor for Kidd in his first season as a head coach. He also won the award for the month of January. The Nets’ 12 wins matched the most victories in the month of March in Nets’ NBA history and the 12-4 record was the best mark in the Eastern Conference for the month.
Kidd becomes the first head coach this season to capture the award more than once and the first head coach in franchise history to win the award twice in the same season. Kidd is only the second rookie head coach since the NBA created the award in 1982-83 to win the honor more than once in the same season (Tom Thibodeau).
The Nets won nine of their franchise record-tying 13 straight home games in March, becoming the only Eastern Conference team to post a perfect home record for the month, and were 7-1 against teams with a .500 or better record.
The Nets held 12 of their 16 opponents under 100 points, including all nine opponents at home. The Nets also scored 104 or more points in each of their last eight games of the month, marking their longest streak of games with 104 or more points since the 1986-87 season. The Nets shot 40.4% from three-point range (third-best in the NBA in March), while holding their opponents to 33.4% from behind the arc. The Nets also led the NBA in steals per game (10.6), recording 170 steals to their opponents’ 104.