Collins named NBA East coach of the month

Doug Collins led the Sixers to a 9-3 record in February. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

The 76ers’ Doug Collins was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for February, the NBA announced.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle won the West honor.

Oddly enough, those two will square off tonight when their teams meetat the Wells Fargo Center.

Collins led the 76ers to a 9-3 record on the month, including a 77-71 win over the San Antonio Spurs, owners of the league’s best record at 49-10. Under Collins, the Sixers posted a winning percentage of .750 in February, the highest winning percentage for the Sixers in a single month since going 8-2 in February 2003. They outscored their opponents by 8.3 ppg and five of their nine victories were by double-digits. The Sixers capped off the month with four straight victories, their longest winning streak of the season.

Carlisle guided the Mavericks to an 11-1 record for February, the best record for any team on the month. Winners of 16 of their last 17, the Mavericks played nine of their 12 games on the road. On Feb. 4, the Mavericks completed a season sweep of the Boston Celtics, defeating them by a score of 101-97. They rounded out the month by overcoming a 19-point deficit to knock off the Raptors 114-96 on Feb. 27.

Other nominees were Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, Indiana’s Frank Vogel, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.


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