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Popovich ties Nelson with 1,335 wins, more than 6 teams in history

On December 15, 1996, the San Antonio Spurs played against the Dallas Mavericks at home. David Robinson received a pass from Avery Johnson and made an 8-foot mid-range shot. The Spurs beat the Mavericks 106-105. Greg – Popovich’s first win as a head coach.

26 years later On March 8, 2022, the San Antonio Spurs played against the Los Angeles Lakers at home. Relying on Dejounte Murray’s 26 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals, the Spurs defeated the Lakers 117-110. Povic won the 1,335th regular-season game of his coaching career, tying Don Nelson for the most in history.

Popovich tied the old Nelson tied for the first place in history. It is worth mentioning that Popovich played 370 fewer games. In terms of win percentage, he is second only to Zen master Phil Jackson among the top ten coaches in wins.

What is the concept of 1335 wins! Of the 32 teams in the league, as many as six have fewer wins than Popovich, and three of them have been in the league for far longer than Popovich has coached.

Important stats from Popovich’s coaching career

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Age: 73

Debut: December 11, 1996 (47)

Season: 26

Playoffs: 22

Regular season record: 1335-693

Playoff record: 170-114

Overall Championship: 5

Best Coach: 3 (2003/2012/2014)

Major milestones in Popovich’s career

Game 1: Dec. 11, 1996: Spurs 76-93 Suns

Game 500: March 3, 2003: Spurs 97-88 Rockets

Game 1000: March 17, 2009: Spurs 76-78 Thunder

Game 1500: Nov. 12, 2015: Spurs 113-101 Trail Blazers

Game 2000: January 6, 2022: Spurs 99-97 Celtics

Win 1: Dec. 15, 1996: Mavericks 105-106 Spurs

Win 100: April 17, 1999: Trail Blazers 80-81 Spurs

200th win: February 25, 2001: Spurs 107-104 Mavericks

Win 300: January 6, 2003: Spurs 94-86 Clippers

400th win: November 13, 2004: Heat 84-93 Spurs

500th Win: March 3, 2006: Mavericks 89-98 Spurs

600th win: January 13, 2008: Timberwolves 88-105 Spurs

700th Win: Dec. 20, 2009: Pacers 99-100 Spurs

800th win: January 1, 2012: Jazz 89-104 Spurs

900th win: March 23, 2013: Jazz 97-104 Spurs (OT)

1000th win: February 10, 2015: Spurs 95-93 Pacers

1100th win: Nov. 22, 2016: Mavericks 91-96 Spurs

1200th win: October 28, 2018: Lakers 106-110 Spurs

1300th win: March 28, 2021: Bulls 104-120 Spurs

Win 1335: March 8, 2022: Lakers 110-117 Spurs