Spoelstra led the Heat to a 10-5 record for the month, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Miami went 5-1 at home and 5-4 on the road, highlighted by road victories over the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. The month included a 3-1 record in games decided by one point. The Heat opened January with six consecutive wins and ended the month with a Southeast Division-leading 29-22 record, good for fourth place in the East. Under Spoelstra, Miami ranked second in the NBA in opponents’ field goal percentage (43.0) and third in points allowed (97.8 ppg).
Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, the LA Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan and Toronto’s Dwane Casey.