Popovich reaches 1,000-win mark
INDIANAPOLIS — The San Antonio Spurs' huge fourth-quarter rally helped Gregg Popovich reach the 1,000-win milestone Monday night.
Marco Belinelli's baseline jumper with 2.1 seconds left capped San Antonio's 95-93 victory at Indiana.
Popovich became the ninth coach with 1,000 regular-season wins and the third-fastest to achieve the feat. He also joined former Utah coach Jerry Sloan as the only coaches in NBA history to win 1,000 games with one team.
"I've been here a long time and I've had good players. That's the formula," Popovich said. "Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess."
Popovich celebrated in his typical low-key way. He walked to midcourt, putt an arm around Pacers coach Frank Vogel, hugged one of his former players and stoically strolled into the Spurs' locker room though he later acknowledged he might drink some wine.
While Popovich does have five NBA championships, few midseason wins have come with this much fanfare.
Only Phil Jackson and Pat Riley reached 1,000 wins faster than Popovich, who is 1,000-462 in 19 NBA seasons.
His regular-season winning percentage (.684) ranks fifth all time.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19 points. Tim Duncan had 15.
Rodney Stuckey scored 18 for Indiana, which had won a season-best three in a row.
The Pacers had a 79-65 lead after three quarters. But the Spurs scored nine straight to tie the score at 91, tied it again at 93, took the lead on Belinelli's shot and held on when George Hill's 3-pointer bounced off the rim.
CLIPPERS 115, MAVERICKS 98: At Dallas, DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds, and Los Angeles won without Blake Griffin, beating Dallas after the Mavericks lost Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis to injuries in the first 4 minutes.
With Dallas' interior defense and rebounding gutted by the loss of Chandler, Jordan led the way as the Clippers stopped a season-high, four-game losing streak. Chris Paul had 25 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles.
THUNDER 124, NUGGETS 114: At Denver, Kevin Durant scored 40 points, Russell Westbrook had 26 and Oklahoma City handed 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.
WARRIORS 89, 76ERS 84: At Philadelphia, Stephen Curry scored 20 points, Leandro Barbosa had 16 off the bench and Golden State snapped Philadelphia's 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.
HAWKS 117, TIMBERWOLVES 105: At Minneapolis, Al Horford scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and DeMarre Carroll added a career-best 26 points to lift Atlanta over Minnesota.
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.
WIZARDS 96, MAGIC 80: At Washington, John Wall fell one point shy of his first triple-double of the season, Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Washington beat Orlando to sweep the season series.
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.
HEAT 109, KNICKS 95: At Miami, Chris Bosh scored 32 points, Mario Chalmers added 18 and Miami pulled away from New York.
Luol Deng and Norris Cole each scored 12 for the Heat, who posted their biggest comeback win of the season after trailing by 14 early.
BUCKS 103, NETS 97: At Milwaukee, Khris Middleton scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, and Milwaukee rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Brooklyn.
Jared Dudley had 19 points for Milwaukee, which won its fifth straight home game. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 12 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
JAZZ 100, PELICANS 96: At New Orleans, Gordon Hayward scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half, and Utah overcame a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat New Orleans.
Derrick Favors scored 18 and Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Utah, which won its second straight while handing the Pelicans their second consecutive loss.