Raptors’ Nick Nurse wins Eastern Conference coach of the month

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse reacts to a referee's call. (Brandon Dill/AP)

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has been named Eastern Conference coach of the month.

The award covers games played in October and November.

In his first season as the team’s bench boss, Nurse has led the Raptors to a franchise-best 20-4 start, a record that also currently stands as the league’s best.

Nurse is the fourth coach in franchise history to win coach of the month honours, joining Dwane Casey, Sam Mitchell and Lenny Wilkens. He’s also the first rookie head coach to win the award since Luke Walton did so in November 2015, while serving as interim coach for the Golden State Warriors as Steve Kerr dealt with a lingering back ailment.

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