Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December 2012. (AP photo)

Larry Drew Wins Coach of the Month

Atlanta Hawks head honcho Larry Drew was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December 2012 on Wednesday as the Hawks wrapped up the the month with a 10-5 road record, sitting just two games behind the Miami Heat for first place in the Eastern Conference.

During December, the Hawks have reeled off a two-game win streak, three-game win streak, and four-game win streak (in separate spans) and have dominating victories over playoff bound teams such as the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers.

Atlanta also posted a 4-1 mark on the second night of back-to-back games in December, and is now an NBA-best 7-1 in those instances.

This is LD’s first honor as Coach of the Month — the fourth for a Hawks head honcho all-time, joining Mike Fratello, current team coaching consultant Bob Weissand Lenny Wilkens, who won the team’s most recent coaching award in November ’97.

Other nominees for the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month were Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat), Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers), and Atlanta’s former coach Mike Woodson (New York Knicks).

Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was named Coach of the Month for the Western Conference for coaching his team to a franchise-best 17-game win streak in December.

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