Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As the Miami Heat prepare to face the Memphis Grizzlies to open the month of March Friday, head coach Erik Spoelstra is being honored for just how well his team played in February.
The NBA named Coach Spoelstra the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month after the Heat went 12-1 in February, which was tops in the NBA over that time period.
After dropping the first game of the month to Indiana, Miami tore through the rest of the month without losing a game. The 12 wins tied for the fourth-most for any month in team history and February was the team’s 19th consecutive winning month, the longest streak in team history.
Spoelstra’s Heat team put up a perfect 6-0 record against the Western Conference with a scoring margin of 12.2 points in those games. The double-digit wins in February included victories over: Oklahoma City, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, and Philadelphia.
Coach Spoelstra also led the Heat to the franchise’s 1,000th victory on February 12 against the Portland Trailblazers. Spo’s Heat squad also swept the season-series against last year’s NBA Finals opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Miami is currently number one in the league in field goal percentage, third in three-point field goal percentage, third in margin of victory, fifth in points per game, and seventh in forced turnovers per game.