NBA roundup: Spurs’ Gregg Popovich breaks wins record

Writen by Sidhanta

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is not one to call attention to himself, but his players made sure he basked in the limelight for at least a few minutes after he became the NBA’s all-time leader in regular-season coaching wins Friday night.

The Spurs players kept Popovich on the court to soak in the applause from the home fans after his team rallied for a 104-102 win over the Utah Jazz.

His grin was about more than just the record, as the Spurs rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to give Popovich the record.

The victory, Popovich’s 1,336th, pushed him past Don Nelson. Popovich is in his 26th NBA season, all with the Spurs.

Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 27 points, with Jakob Poeltl adding 15 points and 11 rebounds.

LeBron James scored 33 of his 50 points after halftime and host Los Angeles won for just the second time in eight games, pulling away to defeat Washington. 

James shot 18 of 25 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range. He became the first Lakers player with multiple games of 50 points in a season since Kobe Bryant in 2007-08.

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