This marked only the third time in Popovich’s career that his team won a game in which it trailed by at least 14 points entering the fourth quarter, the first since December 2010 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Popovich is now 28-6 against the Pacers, his best record against any Eastern Conference team.
With the help of the Elias Sports Bureau, here are five more “Did You Know” tidbits on Popovich’s milestone.
1. Popovich took over as the Spurs head coach during the 1996-97 season. Since then, the Pistons and Wizards have had 12 head coaches, the most of any team.
2. Popovich has 175 career wins against his fellow 1,000-win coaches. He has a .581 winning percentage against them (175-126). His best mark versus them is 17-6 against former Spurs coach Larry Brown. His worst is 20-26 against possible soon-to-be-coach-again George Karl.
Fewest Games to Reach 1,000 Wins
3. Popovich’s first win came on Dec. 14, 1996 against the Mavericks. At that point the Spurs had never won an NBA championship, LeBron James was only 11 years old, and the New England Patriots had never won a Super Bowl.
4. Tim Duncan has played in 929 of Popovich’s wins, more than any other player. Their 929 wins together are the most for any player-coach duo in NBA history. Second-best is Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan, with 775 for the Utah Jazz.
Belinelli is 5-of-10 on potential go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime since entering the league in 2007. The element of surprise may have something to do with that, as he doesn’t figure to be the primary option for most teams in that sort of situation.
The NBA average shooting percentage on those shots is a meager 25.5. The Spurs' top three options for that situation -- Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard -- are a combined 6-of-24 since 2007.