On March 12, the Spurs beat the Jazz 104-102 at home.
After winning this battle, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ushered in the 1336th regular season victory in his coaching career, which made him surpass Don Nelson in the history of coaching victories and own the first place in history.
“It’s everyone’s credit,” Popo said of the record after the game. “It’s not my personal honor, it’s ours, and it belongs to this city (San Antonio).”
In Popo’s 26th season coaching the Spurs, he finally sat on the top of the historical coaching wins list, and today’s game against the Jazz is the 2030th regular season game of his personal coaching career.
“A lot of people have a lot of credit for this,” Pop said. “It’s not a personal record. Basketball is a team sport, and you have to call your players to be united, and that’s my life creed. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with so many great players and coaches, and to have the support of this wonderful city. And no matter what happens, the fans here will always support us.”
Spurs guard Dejounte Murray scored 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals in this campaign, and his comprehensive performance of offense and defense helped his mentor to usher in a milestone moment in this campaign.
“We were united in winning today’s game for Pop,” Murray said. “We all want Pop to really accept this moment and be grateful for this record, which was before (record) It’s a rare thing that no one has ever done, but he deserves it, he’s a great man, a great manager.”