Kerr fastest coach to 250 wins in American sport

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots while drawing a foul by San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in their 122-105 victory at the Oracle Arena on Saturday.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots while drawing a foul by San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in their 122-105 victory at the Oracle Arena on Saturday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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, 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).

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.

"He couldn't do it, and he had Michael Jordan. I don't know what Phil's problem was," the 52-year-old said.

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.

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.

"It's been an amazing 3½ years, and hopefully more to come," said Curry of Kerr's time at the Warriors helm.

Kerr, who also won two championships as a player under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs, increased his head-to-head advantage over Popovich to 7-5.

This was the second straight time San Antonio fell to Golden State this season, and they will meet two more times in the next fortnight.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson had 20 points apiece for the Spurs, who played without injured quartet Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Rudy Gay and Dejounte Murray.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2018, with the headline 'Kerr fastest coach to 250 wins in American sport'. Print Edition | Subscribe