Gregg Popovich climbs to third in all-time coaching victories

NBA.com Global on Jan 12, 2019 07:04 AM
Gregg Popovich climbs to third in all-time coaching wins
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 12: Head Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 12, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stands alone, now third all-time in NBA career coaching victories.

With the Spurs' 154-147 double-overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), Popovich earned his 1,222nd career win to pass Jerry Sloan. With another "W", Popovich will again tie Sloan, this time for most victories coaching a single team (Sloan's 1,223 with the Jazz, which includes playoff wins).

Popovich is also tied for third with five career championships and tied for first with three NBA Coach of the Year awards.

Most coaching victories, NBA history

Don Nelson - 1,335
Lenny Wilkins - 1,332
GREGG POPOVICH - 1,222
Jerry Sloan - 1,221
Pat Riley - 1,210
George Karl - 1,175
Phil Jackson - 1,155
Larry Brown - 1,098
Rick Adelman - 1,042
Bill Fitch - 944

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