NEW YORK - Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will guide the Eastern Conference squad in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game thanks to the reigning NBA champions' 100-85 victory on Sunday at Toronto.
The victory kept the Heat, 30-14, atop the East after Sunday's games, which put Spoelstra, in his fifth season as Miami's coach, in position to coach in the annual matchup of elite talent for the first time in his career.
The East and West stars will meet on February 17 at Houston, Texas.
Spoelstra, 224-132 as an NBA coach, will be opposed by Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs coach whose team has the best record in the NBA and the Western Conference at 38-11.
Chicago's Tom Thibodeau and Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks coached in last year's All-Star Game and were ineligible for the honor this year as a result.
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