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Doc Rivers earned his 500th career win Saturday night vs. the Hornets.Celtics coach Doc Rivers earned the 500th victory of his career with Saturday's 89-85 come-from-behind triumph over the New Orleans Hornets. The win makes him only the 27th coach in NBA history to reach the half-grand milestone.
In 12 seasons on the benches in Orlando and Boston, Rivers now boasts a career record of 500-399 (.556 winning percentage), including a 329-231 mark (.588) with the Celtics.
Coincidentally, the next person Rivers would pass in the 500-win club is former Celtics helmsman KC Jones, who boasts 522 wins in 10 seasons. Jones accrued 308 wins with Boston, and earlier this season, Rivers leapfrogged him into third place all-time for Boston wins behind only Red Auerbach (795) and Tommy Heinsohn (427). Needless to say, elite company, especially considering Boston's overwhelming success with 17 world titles.
Rivers is one of five active coaches with 500 wins, the others being Washington's Flip Saunders (629 wins), San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (791), Houston's Rick Adelman (938), Denver's George Karl (1,027) and the Lakers' Phil Jackson (1,147). Larry Brown (1,098) and Jerry Sloan (1,221) were on that list until moving on from their positions this season.