OAKLAND (California): After Golden State defeated the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Saturday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was eager to share the result with one of his mentors.
Kerr made NBA history in just 302 games, 44 faster than Jackson’s previous record, and he joked that he would text the legendary coach.
Kerr, who won three titles as a player with the Chicago Bulls under Phil Jackson, became the fastest coach to chalk up 250 wins in the four major professional American sports leagues including the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB).
When he got serious, Kerr said of his feat: “It just means that I inherited a hell of a team. An amazing, talented group of players.” The reigning champions proved as much at the Oracle Arena against a leading Western Conference rival, with Klay Thompson finishing with a game-high 25 points.
“He couldn’t do it, and he had Michael Jordan. I don’t know what Phil’s problem was,” the 52-year-old said.
Stephen Curry scored 17 points, while Draymond Green had game-highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (11) to go with 17 points for the Warriors.
Zaza Pachulia, celebrating his 34th birthday, hit four of his five shots and all four of his free throws, scoring 12 points in just 15 minutes.