CLEVELAND - CJ Miles scored 22 points, Paul Millsap and Raja Bell added 19 apiece and the Utah Jazz beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-90, on Monday night, moving coach Jerry Sloan into a tie with Pat Riley for the third-most wins in NBA history.
Deron Williams had 17 points and 10 assists for the Jazz
Sloan, Utah’s coach since 1988, has matched Riley with 1,210 victories. Up next is Lenny Wilkens (1,332) and Don Nelson (1,335). During Sloan’s long run, which began before Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward was born, there have been 234 coaching changes across the league.
Sloan’s the only coach to win 1,000 games with one team, and is one of three coaches — Riley and Phil Jackson are the others — to have more than 15 consecutive winning seasons.
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In his 23rd season, Sloan is the longest-tenured coach with one team in any of the four major North American pro sports. Still, he has never been named NBA coach of the year.
“I’m still kind of baffled by that,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “But I don’t think he cares, either.”