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Gregg Popovich left Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City a winner — something he’s done more often than all but one coach in NBA history. With his 1,333rd career victory, the iconic coach of the San Antonio Spurs broke a tie with Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens to claim sole possession of the No. 2 spot in all-time NBA coaching wins. Three more, and Popovich will be alone at the top. Don Nelson holds the current coaching wins record with 1,335.

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“I enjoyed playing with him, and I got to know him a little bit,” Wilkens told The Athletic. “Back in those days, they didn’t have that many African-Americans on the team, on any of the teams in the NBA. The guys weren’t always that friendly, but Bob was a gentleman.” He also was a force on the glass. Only Wilt Chamberlain (22.9) and Russell (22.5) had a higher rebounds-per-game average than Pettit’s 16.2. “He was a hell of a rebounder … he competed every night, and I thought that was impressive,” Wilkens said. “No matter how he felt, he came out there, he competed. He wanted to win. That was great because that’s how I felt.” Looking back, Pettit says rebounding was “the thing I did the best.”