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Spurs score most points since Gregg Popovich became coach

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While LaMarcus Aldridge had a career game in the San Antonio Spurs’ 154-147 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had a few milestones of his own.

San Antonio’s 154-point game against OKC marked the highest-scoring output of the Spurs during the Popovich era. The team’s previous high was 147 points against the Golden State Warriors on March 19, 2010.

Gregg Popovich also surpassed Jerry Sloan for the third spot in the All-Time list of coaches with the most wins. He now has 1,222 victories as a coach under his belt.

The Spurs have been under Popovich since 1998. Undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches of all time, he led the Spurs to five NBA titles. He has also been hailed as Coach of The Year — three times in his tenure in San Antonio (2003, 2012, and 2014).

San Antonio has remained competitive under Gregg Popovich. Despite Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili’s retirement, Tony Parker’s departure, and Kawhi Leonard’s trade, the Spurs are on the verge of making the playoffs for a historic 21 consecutive seasons.

Popovich knows how to utilize the strengths of every player in his roster. He’s been using Aldridge and recently-acquired DeMar DeRozan efficiently all season. He’s also been able to develop guys like Derrick White, Bryan Forbes, and Davis Bertans, who are now providing significant contributions to the team.

Coach Pop, a sure-fire future Hall of Famer hasn’t given any indications about retirement, and as long as he’s at the helm, the team will continue to win.