“Coach of the Month is always a team award,” Vogel said in a team release. “It’s indicative of team success. It’s nice recognition for our players who didn’t quit through a lot of adversity. We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m looking forward to seeing what this group can accomplish.”
The Pacers (25-34) have won eight of 10 to move back into serious contention for a playoff spot.
In nine games last month, the Pacers averaged 101.6 points and shot a league-best 47.2 percent from the field. Indiana finished the month ranked third in 3-point percentage (40.3), fourth in assists per game (24.2) and second in fewest turnovers per game (12.4.).
The Pacers’ 93-86 victory over Cleveland Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was Vogel’s 191st career win, surpassing Larry Brown for most in the franchise’s NBA history.
Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks was named Western Conference Coach of the Month.
Other Eastern Conference nominees were Boston’s Brad Stevens, Cleveland’s David Blatt and Milwaukee’s Jason Kidd.
The Pacers host the New York Knicks Wednesday night.
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