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Originally published April 7, 2010 at 10:04 PM | Page modified April 7, 2010 at 10:41 PM

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Don Nelson surpasses Lenny Wilkens' record as winningest coach | NBA

Don Nelson emerged from the Golden State Warriors locker room all disheveled from a wild celebration after finally overtaking Lenny Wilkens as the NBA's winningest coach.

MINNEAPOLIS — Don Nelson emerged from the Golden State Warriors locker room all disheveled from a wild celebration after finally overtaking Lenny Wilkens as the NBA's winningest coach.

His gray hair was soaked to the scalp not with Dom Pérignon, but a concoction of fizzy soft drinks after a 116-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night gave Nelson win No. 1,333 for his career.

"It's just such a neat feeling," Nelson said. "This is probably why we end up coaching, for moments like this."

In 31 seasons on the bench, Nelson is 1,333-1,061 in a career that has made stops in Milwaukee, Golden State (twice), New York and Dallas. He won five titles as a player, has been named coach of the year three times, but has never made an NBA Finals as a coach.

Nelson said Wilkens, who coached the Sonics to the 1979 NBA championship, has been in contact with him recently.

"Lenny's been an idol of mine for a long time," Nelson said.

Notes

• Nuggets coach George Karl has finished his last round of chemotherapy and issued a thank you to all his well-wishers. Karl said his intense six-week regimen of treatment for throat and neck cancer were the "toughest of my life."

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds and ex-Husky Brandon Roy added 23 points as the Portland Trail Blazers moved up two spots to sixth place in the Western Conference playoff standings with a 93-85 victory over the host L.A. Clippers.

• Charlotte clinched its first playoff berth since its founding six years ago in a 104-103 victory at New Orleans. Also clinching was Milwaukee, which beat visiting New Jersey 108-89.

• Toronto All-Star forward Chris Bosh is expected to need "weeks" to recover after surgery to repair a facial fracture.

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