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Doc Rivers passes Red Auerbach on NBA's all-time wins list

NBA.com Staff

Aug 1, 2020 9:48 PM ET

Doc Rivers has guided his teams (Magic, Celtics and Clippers) to 18 winning seasons in 21 years as an NBA head coach.

With his 939th career coaching victory, Doc Rivers passed Red Auerbach on the NBA's all-time wins list.

Rivers moved past the legendary Auerbach into sole possession of 11th place Saturday night when the LA Clippers dismantled the New Orleans Pelicans 126-103 in their second game of the NBA restart.

“I’ve been very fortunate," Rivers said. "I’ve had unreal players and unreal coaches and great staff and great ownership that has allowed me to coach this long. It’s pretty cool. Any time your name is with Red, you feel very fortunate.”

Auerbach, of course, was the architect and mastermind of the Boston Celtics' dynasty in the 1960s. Under Auerbach, Boston won nine NBA championships -- including eight straight from 1959-1966.

Rivers, 58, also coached the Celtics from 2004 to 2013, and was at the helm for Boston’s last title in 2008.

It's possible Rivers could crack the top 10 this season, as Bill Fitch (944 wins) is the next on the list.


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