Tim Duncan victorious in head coach debut with the San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
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Tim Duncan made his head coaching debut with the San Antonio Spurs and saw his team defeat the Charlotte Hornets (103-104).

Duncan replaced Gregg Popovich, who was forced to miss the game due to personal business.

Duncan, 43, retired in 2016 after playing 19 seasons with the Spurs, where he won five NBA championships, two MVP awards and two Finals MVPs before joining the coaching staff in July of 2019.

Duncan is an all-time leader in points (26,496), rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020) and games played (1,392) for the Spurs.

Thanks to this win, San Antonio improved to 26-34, 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot.