Warriors douse Steve Kerr after he sets record for wins by rookie coach
This season keeps getting better for Steve Kerr. The Warriors clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs on Saturday night with their 123-110 road win over Dallas. Kerr, in his first year leading the Warriors, broke the record for wins by a rookie head coach in a season with 63.
Golden State doused an unsuspecting Kerr with a celebratory shower after MVP candidate Stephen Curry gave him the game ball in the postgame locker room.
Kerr broke Paul Westphal's record of 62 wins with the Phoenix Suns in 1992-93. Celtics player-coach Bill Russell previously held the record with 60 during the 1966-67 season. Golden State signed Kerr to a five-year, $25-million deal in the off-season.
[daily_cut.NBA]Guard Klay Thompson scored a game-high 21 points and drained five three-pointers. Fellow Splash Brother Curry, added 11 points in the Warriors' 12th straight win. Forward Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 18 points.
"The ball was great," Kerr told reporters after the game. "The Gatorade ... not so much. It was still pretty fun. A great scene in there. I wasn't really thinking about the significance of the record. Those guys were. They presented me with the ball, and how lucky am I to coach these guys in my first year? Ridiculous."
Golden State improved to 63-13 while Dallas fell to 46-31. Dallas currently holds the Western Conference's seventh seed and would play Houston in a first-round series.