Popovich earns win No. 1,000 as Spurs get past Pacers 95-93
The Spurs came back from a 14-point hole in the fourth quarter to help coach Gregg Popovich win his 1,000th NBA game, as San Antonio downed the Indiana Pacers 95-93 on Monday.
Marco Belinelli’s 18-foot baseline jumper with 2.1 seconds left capped the win.
Popovich celebrated in his typical low-key manner. He walked to midcourt, put an arm around Pacers coach Frank Vogel, hugged one of his former players, and stoically strolled into the Spurs’ locker room.
Only two coaches, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, reached 1,000 wins faster than Popovich. Only one other coach, Jerry Sloan, achieved the feat with one team. Sloan won 1,127 games with Utah. Popovich is 1,000-462 in 19 NBA seasons, all with San Antonio.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19 points. Tim Duncan had 15.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 as the Thunder beat the Nuggets 124-114 to hand Denver its sixth loss in a row.
Durant matched a career best by hitting seven 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the floor. Mitch McGary added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.
The Nuggets, who have lost 13 of 14, were led by Wilson Chandler’s 23 points.
Stephen Curry scored 20 points for Golden State and Leandro Barbosa had 16 off the bench as the Warriors ended the Philadelphia 76ers’ four-game home winning streak.
Klay Thompson and former Sixer Andre Iguodala added 13 points apiece for the Warriors (41-9), who have won four of five and two straight after opening their four-game road trip with a loss to the Hawks on Friday.
In Minneapolis, Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and DeMarre Carroll added a career-best 26 points to lift the Atlanta Hawks over the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-105.
Paul Millsap had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Hawks (43-10), who bounced back from a loss to Memphis the previous night. The NBA-leading Hawks still have not lost back-to-back games since Nov. 18. They shot 51 percent and outscored Minnesota 58-44 in the paint.
Kevin Martin scored 21 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 18 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota.
The Washington Wizards downed the Orlando Magic 96-80 after John Wall fell one point short of his first triple-double of the season, and Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Wall hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter — the first shot made from beyond the arc by either team — to open an 11-0 run that put Washington in control. He wound up with nine points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds after missing a floater with about 50 seconds left.
In other games Chris Bosh scored 32 points and Mario Chalmers added 18 as the Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks 109-95, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-97 and the Utah Jazz were 100-96 winners over the New Orleans Pelicans.