NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2008 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Mike Brown and the New Orleans Hornets’ Byron Scott today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Brown guided the Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference best 11-3 (.786) record last month, Cleveland’s highest winning percentage for a month since February, 1996. Cleveland tied a franchise record with six road wins (6-2) in January, including five straight from Jan. 15-30. The Cavaliers’ 84-83 win in Portland on Jan. 30 marked the NBA-high 13th time this season that Cleveland won a game it trailed heading into the fourth quarter.

Scott led the Hornets to a league-best 12-2 (.857) record in January. The Hornets bested the Warriors, Suns and Spurs on the road en route to a perfect 5-0 mark away from home for the month. At 32-13 (.711) overall, the Hornets own the best record in the Western Conference. Scott and his staff will lead the Western Conference All-Star team in the 57th NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17 at New Orleans Arena.

Other nominees for the Coach of the Month were Boston’s Doc Rivers, Dallas’ Avery Johnson, Detroit’s Flip Saunders, Houston’s Rick Adelman, Utah’s Jerry Sloan and Washington’s Eddie Jordan.