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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is not one to draw attention to himself, but his players made sure he had at least a few moments in the spotlight after becoming the NBA's all-time leader in regular-season coaching wins Friday night.




Gregg Popovich leads the San Antonio team to win



Gregg Popovich leads San Antonio Spurs to sets a win record


After rallying for a 104-102 victory over the Utah Jazz, the Spurs players kept Popovich on the court to soak in the applause from the home crowd. He appeared uneasy in the midst of the attention, but he eventually cracked a smile.



His grin was for more than just the record, as the Spurs rallied from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to give Popovich the title. San Antonio was 0-3 in games where it trailed entering the fourth quarter. Popovich's 1,336th victory moved him past Don Nelson. Popovich is in his 26th NBA season, all of which he has spent with the Spurs.


Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 27 points, and Jakob Poeltl chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 24 points, while Jordan Clarkson added 17 points.



The Lakers defeated the Wizards 122-109


LeBron James scored 33 of his 50 points after halftime as host Los Angeles defeated Washington for the second time in eight games.


James made 18 of 25 field goals and 6 of 9 three-point attempts. He became the first Lakers player since Kobe Bryant in 2007-08 to have multiple games with 50 points. He also had six assists, bringing his career total to 10,000.


The Lakers were led by Malik Monk, who scored 21 points. For the Wizards, who lost for the fifth time in seven games, former Laker Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and rookie Corey Kispert scored a career-high 21.




Raptors defeated the Suns 117-112



Gary Trent Jr. matched his season high with 42 points, including eight three-pointers, as Toronto defeated Phoenix.


The Raptors won their second game in a row thanks to Pascal Siakam's 25 points and 10 assists. Scottie Barnes of Toronto led all scorers with 15 points.


Cameron Payne scored 24 points to lead the Suns to a 5-4 record since Chris Paul broke his thumb. Devin Booker scored 22 points and dished out seven assists.




The Celtics defeated the Pistons 114-103


Jayson Tatum scored 31 points as Boston defeated Detroit, extending its winning streak to five games.


Tatum scored at least 30 points for the fifth time in a row, while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists. For Boston, Jaylen Brown had 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, and Marcus Smart added 20 points.


The Pistons were led by Cade Cunningham, who scored 27 points. Detroit's Jerami Grant and Marvin Bagley III each had 20 points as the Pistons lost their second game in a row after a 6-2 streak.




The Grizzlies defeated the Knicks 118-114


Memphis overcame a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting New York. Ja Morant scored 15 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter.


The Grizzlies trailed New York 96-81 with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, but outscored them 37-18 the rest of the way. Morant hit 14 of 33 shots for his 24th 30-point game of the season. He contributed to Memphis' fifth win in seven games.


For the Knicks, Julius Randle had 36 points and 12 rebounds as they fell short of a season-high fourth straight victory. Randle finished with 11 of 27 shots, including 1 of 5 in the fourth quarter.





The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 113-100


Dallas rebounded from a 30-point loss to the Knicks with a win over host Houston, as Dwight Powell and Luka Doncic both had double-doubles.



Powell had a season-high 26 points and 12 rebounds, giving him his first double-double of the season and only his third in the last three years. Doncic led the Dallas Mavericks with 30 points and 14 rebounds, his 35th double-double of the season.


Kevin Porter Jr. and Josh Christopher each had 17 points for the Rockets, who were coming off a 139-130 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Wednesday.




Timberwolves 110, Magic 118


Mo Bamba had 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Moritz Wagner and Markelle Fultz came off the bench to help host Orlando overcome an 18-point deficit and defeat red-hot Minnesota.


Wendell Carter Jr. led the Magic with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. In 13 minutes, Wagner had 18 points and six rebounds, Fultz had 14 points and seven assists, and Cole Anthony had 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists.


Minnesota, which came in averaging a league-high 114.7 points per game, shot 15-for-45 from 3-point range and had five players score in double figures. Anthony Edwards had 25 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 13 rebounds despite foul trouble.





Hawks 112 vs. Clippers 106


Trae Young scored 27 points and dished out 11 assists as Atlanta held off a late charge from Los Angeles to snap a two-game losing streak.


Kevin Huerter had 16 points and Clint Capela had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who saw their 106-96 lead shrink to 108-106 with 36.2 seconds remaining before holding on.


The Clippers were led by Ivica Zubac, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds.





The Heat defeated the Cavaliers 117-105


Jimmy Butler, who returned after missing one game due to a sinus infection, scored 11 points in the crucial third quarter to lead host Miami over Cleveland.


Butler had 24 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in the game. He was instrumental in Miami extending a one-point halftime lead to 13 after three quarters. Bam Adebayo also had 30 points and 17 rebounds, both game highs, as Miami won for the 13th time in 16 games.


Cleveland's two-game winning streak was snapped, but Darius Garland led the way with 24 points and 10 assists. Evan Mobley, a rookie, chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds.





Pelicans 120, Hornets 142


Miles Bridges scored 26 points to lead seven Charlotte scorers in double figures as the Hornets handed the Pelicans their fourth straight loss.


Terry Rozier contributed 25 points for the Hornets, who shot 59.8 percent from the field, including 46.8 percent on three-point attempts. Charlotte had only won three of its previous ten games, but took command in the third quarter, outscoring New Orleans 42-27.


Trey Murphy III of New Orleans set a season high with 32 points (seven 3-pointers) and nine rebounds, while Devonte' Graham added 19 points. Brandon Ingram (hamstring strain) and CJ McCollum (second-leading scorer) were both out for the Pelicans (health and safety protocol).


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