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Phil Jackson was named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month, today, for the games played in March.

Jackson led the Lakers to a league-best 12-1 record in March. The Lakers (54-20), currently stand in second place in the West, trailing the San Antonio Spurs by 2 ½ games for the number one seed.

The Lakers earned 12 wins in the month, including a 99-83 victory at San Antonio on March 6. The Lakers also defeated Dallas twice in March and clinched the Pacific Division title with an 84-80 victory over Portland on March 20.