Thibodeau, Brooks named NBA's top coaches for December and January

The Chicago Bulls' Tom Thibodeau and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Scott Brooks have been named the top coaches for the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively, for December and January.

Thibodeau's Bulls led the Eastern Conference with an 18-5 record, including a 9-1 mark at home. Chicago has won 13 of its 18 games by 10 or more points and allowed 87.4 points per game to start the season, good for second best in the NBA.

Brooks guided the Thunder to a Western Conference-leading 16-4 record as his team reeled off seven straight victories from January 6 through January 16. Oklahoma City leads the league with its 80 percent free-throw shooting and its 100.4 points per game ranks third in the league.

Other nominees were Dallas��� Rick Carlisle, Houston���s Kevin McHale, Miami���s Erik Spoelstra, Los Angeles Clippers��� Vinny Del Negro and Philadelphia���s Doug Collins.