NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2007 – The Washington Wizards’ Eddie Jordan and the Phoenix Suns’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for December.

Jordan guided the Wizards to a 12-4 (.750) record, 6-3 on the road, marking the first time since January 1977 that Washington won as many as 12 games in a single month. Highlights included a win over the Mavericks to snap a then NBA-season-high 12-game winning streak, a victory versus Miami to snap the Wizards’ 12-game regular season losing streak to the Heat (12/15) and a win in Phoenix to end the Suns’ franchise-record and NBA season-high 15-game winning streak (12/22).

D’Antoni, who was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2004-05, guided Phoenix to a 13-2 (.867) record for the month with a 7-1 record on the road. The Suns 15-game winning streak that began on November 20 lasted until a 144-139 (OT) defeat at the hands of the Wizards on Dec. 22 and included 10 wins in December. Suns also competed in a 161-157 (3OT) win at New Jersey (12/7)

Other nominees for the Coach of the Month award were Chicago’s Scott Skiles, Dallas’ Avery Johnson, Milwaukee’s Terry Stotts, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Toronto’s Sam Mitchell.