MIAMI, FL, MARCH 3 – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February. This marks the sixth time Spoelstra has earned the monthly honor, the most in team history, and the 14th time a HEAT coach has won the award.
Spoelstra earned the accolades after guiding the HEAT to a league-best 9-1 (.900) record during February, winning five of those games by double-figures, including the last three-straight all by double-digits. Their 9-1 February record marked Miami’s 26th consecutive winning month, the longest such streak in franchise history. Despite having a franchise-low three home games during a full calendar month and a franchise-longest 19 days between home games, Spoelstra led the HEAT to a perfect 3-0 home record and a 6-1 road record in February, with five of those road wins against current Western Conference playoff teams. Spoelstra’s defense held the opposition to under 50 percent shooting from the field in each of the 10 games in February, including under 40 percent in four of those contests. Over the last three seasons, he has led the HEAT to a 32-4 record during the month of February, including a perfect 15-0 at home.