BOSTON — Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on Thursday was named the NBA's Coach of the Month for February.
The Jazz, who visit the Boston Celtics tonight, went a league-best 10-2 (.883) during the month, including victories in seven of their last eight games. Utah not only took control of the lead in the Midwest Division standings in February but also moved atop the Western Conference with a 39-17 record.
The Jazz were also the best defensive team in the league during February, a month in which they allowed opponents just 87.3 points per game. Utah has kept its last 19 straight opponents from scoring 100 or more points. The team to score the most on the Jazz in February was Boston, whom the Jazz beat 114-99 on Feb. 19 at the Delta Center.
Also in February, the Jazz went 6-1 on the road, including victories at Portland and Sacramento.
Sloan, who has never won NBA Coach of the Year honors, has been named Coach of the Month on five previous occasions: December 1993, January 1995, March 1997, March 1998 and March of last year.
Other Coach of the Month candidates for February were Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich, Philadelphia's Larry Brown and Orlando's Doc Rivers.