Popovich passes Riley for 4th on all-time wins list
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It didn't take long for Gregg Popovich to break his tie with the NBA's "Godfather."

The San Antonio Spurs head coach led his team to a 111-86 win over the lowly Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, earning his 1,211th regular-season win. The victory grants him sole possession of fourth place on the all-time wins list, moving Popovich past Hall of Famer Pat Riley.

NBA all-time wins list (head coach)

Rank Head Coach Wins
1 Don Nelson 1335
2 Lenny Wilkins 1332
3 Jerry Sloan 1221
4 Gregg Popovich 1211
5 Pat Riley 1210
6 George Karl 1175
7 Phil Jackson 1155

(courtesy: Basketball Reference)

Popovich tied Riley on Sunday when his Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz, 110-97.

The five-time champion and three-time NBA Coach of the Year Award winner began Tuesday night with a career .686 winning percentage, which is the fifth highest in league history for coaches with at least 200 games under their belt.

Popovich's 167 career playoff victories also rank third all-time behind Phil Jackson (229) and Riley (171).

Popovich passes Riley for 4th on all-time wins list
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