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Mike Budenholzer named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Head coach Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks talks with Wesley Matthews #9 in the first half against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on October 24, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December, the NBA announced Thursday.

This is the third time Budenholzer has won Coach of the Month with the Bucks and the fifth time overall he’s won in his career.

In December, Budenholzer led the Bucks to the best record, most wins and fewest losses in the NBA at 13-2. Last month, Milwaukee led the league in scoring (119.3 ppg), rebounding (52.2), field goal percentage (.491) and opponent field goal percentage (.400) and was tops in the NBA in net (16.2), offensive (115.5) and defensive (99.3) rating. The Bucks outscored their opponents by an average of 16.5 points per game in December and won 11 of their 13 games by double digits, including seven by 20+ points.

In his second season as head coach of the Bucks, Budenholzer has led the team to the best start in franchise history and the best record in the NBA at 31-5. The Bucks currently lead the league in scoring averaging 119.4 points per game, are outscoring their opponents by a league-best 12.9 points per game and rank first in the NBA in both net (12.5) and defensive (101.2) rating and third in offensive rating (113.7).

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