SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs split their weekend set with the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers but still had their fans going home happy after a historic night.
In case you missed it, here’s a mini recap of both games:
Spurs 104, Jazz 102
The San Antonio Spurs opened the weekend with a history-making 104-102 come from behind victory over the Jazz at the AT&T Center.
The victory saw Head Coach Gregg Popovich clinch his 1,336 wins, making him the winningest coach in NBA history.
”It’s just a testament to a whole lot of people,” Popovich said of the historic moment. ”Something like this does not belong to one individual. Basketball’s a team sport. You preach to your players that they have to do it together and that’s certainly been the case in my life with all the wonderful players and coaches, the staff that I’ve been blessed with, the support of this wonderful city. The fans support us no matter what.”
Dejounte Murray helped the Spurs rally from a 15-point second-half deficit with 27 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
”We did it for Pop,” Murray said. ”(We wanted Popovich to) really take this in and be grateful for it. This doesn’t happen. It’s rare. He deserves it. He’s a great man. A great coach.”
Popovich has won five NBA championships and 13 division titles while having a coaching tree that includes Steve Kerr, Monty Williams, Ime Udoka, and Doc Rivers. It will also include Becky Hammon, who is leaving the Spurs after the season to coach the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.
Pacers 119, Spurs 108
After Pop’s history-making night, his star players sat as Murray, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl took the night off. As a result, the Spurs fell 119-108 to the Indiana Pacers to close the weekend.
Jock Landale had a season-high 26 points and Lonnie Walker IV added 20.
“I think we worked hard, but we weren’t really that sharp,” Popovich said. “We didn’t shoot very well, just weren’t very sharp, but we worked hard and didn’t give in. Just didn’t play well. Bottom line. It happens.”
Duane Washington Jr. had 19 points and Buddy Hield added 17.
The San Antonio Spurs are now 26-42 on the season and will return to the court on Monday to face the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m.