Gregg Popovich achieves coaching milestone in Spurs victory

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At 70 years old, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich continues to make history.

With the Spurs’ 101-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, Popovich became the all-time winningest coach in NBA history, regular and postseason combined.

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Popovich passed Lenny Wilkens en route to his 1,413th win as a coach for the Spurs. Wilkens, who last coached in 2004 for the New York Knicks, achieved the feat in 32 seasons.

Meanwhile, Popovich needed just 23 seasons to claim the mark. Popovich has been coaching the Spurs since the 1996 season and in that time has won three coach of the year awards, along with all five of the franchise’s NBA championships.

The Spurs marched to an early playoff victory behind DeMar DeRozan’s 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to along with Derrick White’s 16 points, three rebounds and five assists.

Popovich and the Spurs will have a chance to add to the win total on Tuesday in Game 2.

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