- The Heat swept the Eastern Conference player and coach of the month awards. Erik Spoelstra won for the first time, leading the Heat to a 12-1 record. It was the fourth straight award for LeBron James, who averaged 29.7 points, 7.8 asissts and 7.5 rebounds. Spoelstra said, “That is just a residual of team success.”
- The Grizzlies Lionel Hollins won the coaching award in the West. Memphis is riding a season-high, eight-game winning streak. He said, “I know I’m the head coach and I get the credit and I get the blame but those guys have been playing extremely well.”
- This is the first time since 1993 a team with a 12-game winning streak has played a team with an eight-game winning streak.
- Among the keys defensively for the Heat, according to Spoelstra, are controlling the boards and slowing point guard Mike Conley. Conley was vital in the Grizzlies’ 18-point victory when the teams met Nov. 11 in Memphis.
- On if this game is a measuring stick, Hollins said, “Every game you go out is a measuring-stick game. You’ve got to go out and prove it every night.”
– Zachary Paul