One-on-One with Brian Winters

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Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Brian Winters was part of one of the highest scoring games in Spurs franchise history and NBA history on March 6, 1982. That night the Spurs outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks 171-166 in triple overtime at the HemisFair Arena. Winters, a guard with the Bucks, scored a team-high 42 points in the game. The Spurs 171 points are a franchise record and the combined point total of 337 is the second highest total ever recorded in NBA history. Winters took some time before Charlotte’s matchup against the Spurs on Jan. 30 to speak with Spurs.com.

On playing against the Spurs and the George Gervin:
“I remember looking at the box score afterwards and seeing guys made a tremendous amount of shots. I think George Gervin had 50 points and Mike Mitchell scored 45. I had 42 points, Junior Bridgeman had 31 and Sidney Moncrief scored 18. It was one of those wild shoot-out affairs. Guys were making shots from everywhere. It was a highly entertaining game, and unfortunately we lost.”

On his memories of the game:
“It stands out in the sense the score was so high and it was a triple overtime game. You don’t play in that many triple overtime games no matter how long you play. You might play in a few but I don’t even remember another triple overtime game in my career. I’ve played in overtime games but not too many. The score was so high and there were so many big shots made in regulation, in overtime to keep extending the game. It was just unusual in that regard.”

On playing at the HemisFair Arena:
“The fans were great. The Baseline Bums, they were into it and were wild. It was always an entertaining place to play. The fans were very much into it, very avid. It was a great game in many ways.”

On coaching against the Spurs:
“Well obviously the Spurs have had tremendous success for the long time, especially over the past 15 years or so with the David Robinson and Tim Duncan era, and now Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. They’ve had a tremendous run here. It’s a different building but the fans are still very into it. It’s always been a great place to play.”