The Orlando Magic's strong month of December didn't go unrecognized, as the NBA announced on Monday that coach Scott Skiles was given the Eastern Conference coach of the month award. Across 15 games in the month, the Magic went a conference best 10-5, marking the second their second consecutive winning month since February and March of 2012.
Along with a conference best record in the month, the Magic boasted the best field goal percentage and steals per game, and ranked second in opponent field goal percentage and point differential. The Magic also posted the seventh highest offensive rating league wide in the month (104.9) and 12th best defensive rating in the month (101.5).
This is the fourth time Skiles has won it, and first time since February of 2010 when he was the Milwaukee Bucks. It's also the sixth time a Magic coach has won the award, and first since April 2010. when Stan Van Gundy won the award.
San Antonio's Greg Popovich was given the award for Western Conference Coach of the Month.