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Heat’s Spoelstra Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

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Miami’s Eric Spoelstra Monday was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February after the Heat compiled a league-best 9-1 record for the period.

It is the 14th time a Heat coach has been recognized with the award and the sixth time for Spoelstra, a franchise record.

The Heat won five games by double digits during the month, including their last three outings. It was their 26th consecutive winning month, the longest such streak for the team, even though they were at home for only three of the contests.

Their only loss for the month was by five points at Utah in the second of a six-game road swing. The Heat bounced back from that loss with wins at Phoenix and Golden State before taking a break for the annual All-Star game.

They then finished the month with wins at Dallas and Oklahoma City and at home against Chicago and New York. The win over the Bulls was Spoelstra’s 300th as the Heat coach.

The Heat started off March by beating Orlando Saturday night in Miami.

Houston’s Kevin McHale, whose Rockets were 8-2 in February, was Coach of the Month for the Western Conference.

Interestingly, the Heat and Rockets meet Tuesday night in Houston.

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