Thibodeau named East's coach of month

The Chicago Bulls' Tom Thibodeau was named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January, the league announced on Friday.

The Bulls went 12-4 in January, which included wins over the East-leading Miami Heat on Jan. 4 and the second-seeded New York Knicks on Jan. 11. At 28-17, the Bulls lead the Central Division and are the third seed in the East heading into Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Denver Nuggets' George Karl was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month.