The Spurs overcame a 14-point deficit to start the fourth quarter Monday, and they beat the Pacers on Marco Belinelli’s jumper with 2.1 seconds left. More significantly, the team handed Coach Gregg Popovich his 1,000th win in the NBA.
Here are five things to know about that feat:
Popovich becomes the ninth coach in NBA history with 1,000 wins
Here is the list of winningest NBA coaches, entering Monday’s action:
Note that this includes only regular-season wins. If we add in playoff wins, then Red Auerbach (938 + 99) joins the club.
He is the third fastest to reach the mark
Popovich got to 1,000 wins in his 1,462nd regular season game. Phil Jackson (1,423) and Pat Riley (1,434) were just a bit quicker.
He is the second to do it with one team
Utah’s Jerry Sloan was the first, but Popovich is the first to get to 1,000 wins and win at least one championship with the same team. Poor Sloan came agonizingly close, but lost to Michael Jordan’s Bulls in both the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals.
Popovich and Tim Duncan form the winningest coach-player combination in NBA history
The Spurs big man has been on board for 929 of his coach’s wins.
Popovich has more career wins than the combined total of 15 current NBA head coaches
He has more wins than five NBA franchises