Charlotte Hornets

Hornets’ Steve Clifford named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

The Charlotte Hornets’ Steve Clifford was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March, the NBA announced Friday.

The Hornets went 13-3 in March and 5-1 on the road. This was Clifford’s second coach of the month award since being hired by the then-Bobcats for the 2013-14 season.

In the pertinent games, the Hornets averaged 109.2 points per game and allowed 100.6.

Among those victories was a road win against the Miami Heat and a 23-point home comeback against the San Antonio Spurs.

The 13 victories set a single-month franchise record for the Hornets.

Clifford previously won this award in April 2014.

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