Last night Tim Duncan became only the third player in NBA history to record 1,000 wins.
It wasn’t easy but thanks to a jumper from Kawhi Leonard in the closing seconds of the game, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz 88-86 on Tuesday. The win is notable for playoff positioning, mainly impacting the Jazz who hold a slim lead over the Rockets for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs meanwhile are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the West.
However the win was a historic one for the Spurs as it marked the 1,000th career victory for Tim Duncan, the third player in NBA player to accomplish such a feat. The only other players to win 1,000 or more games are Robert Parish (1014) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1074). Duncan is the first player to win 1,000 games with one team though. To put that in persepctive, Michael Jordan played a total of 930 games with the Chicago Bulls .
Duncan and Gregg Popovich also now have considerable distance from Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan as the winningest coach/player duos
Most wins by player-coach duo in NBA history:
1,000- Tim Duncan/Gregg Popovich
775 – Karl Malone/Jerry Sloan
768 – John Stockton/Jerry Sloan