Budenholzer wins Coach of the Month after Hawks' 17-0 January
ATLANTA -- One good turn deserves another for the red-hot Atlanta Hawks, namely their head coach.
On Monday, Mike Budenholzer was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for a second straight month -- a fitting reward for the Hawks' 17-0 record for January ... and overall winning streak of 19 consecutive outings (dating to Dec. 27).
Budenholzer's accomplishment marks the seventh time in Atlanta history a Hawks coach has earned Coach of the Month recognition. However, it's the first time a coach took honors in back-to-back months.
For January, the 40-8 Hawks (1st in the Eastern Conference, best record in the league) led the NBA in three-point shooting (42 percent) and assists (459), while eclipsing all East comers in point differential (11.9), points per outing (105.6), three-pointers made (184), field-goal proficiency (48 percent), field goals made (659), assists per game (27), assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and steals/turnover ratio (0.68).
Of equal importance, Atlanta ranked fifth in the NBA with points allowed per game (93.7) and opponents' shooting (43 percent).
Budenholzer, the Eastern Conference's coach for the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15 (New York City), has also guided the Hawks to a season-high 10 straight wins at Philips Arena and a franchise-record 12 consecutive wins over Western foes -- including 7-0 in January.