ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 28: Head Coach Jacque Vaughn of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 28, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

When your team plays well, good things are sure to get recognized. And that is the case for Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Jacque Vaughn, who deservedly so was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December.

The Nets are riding a 12-game winning streak after their 139-103 win over San Antonio last night, and went 12-1 in the month of December.

Since taking over for Steve Nash on November 1, Vaughn has overseen a methodical turn-around for the franchise that stumbled out of the gate at 2-5. The Nets even recognized Vaughn’s leadership abilities, naming him the permanent head coach on November 9.

He steadied ship after the Kyrie Irving anti-semitic Tweet crisis, and kept stars like Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons focused on basketball, and now its paying off.

Since November 27 when the Nets were treading water at 9-11, Brooklyn has rallied off a record of 16-1 under Vaughn’s leadership.

Durant has been the leading scorer in 11 of those games, twice scoring over 40 points, once against Orlando on November 28, and later, against Detroit on December 18.

Irving has also picked up his game since coming off an eight game suspension. He has led the Nets in scoring in each of their last three contests.

The Nets visit Chicago on Wednesday night. Brooklyn needs two more consecutive victories to tie a franchise record for the longest regular season winning streak.


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