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Spurs down Knicks, Popovich alone in 5th for coaching wins

12 January 2018

Manu Ginobili's legend grew a bit longer with a weird 3-point shot during the Spurs-Knicks game on Tuesday night in NY.

In the third quarter of the Spurs' matchup against the New York Knicks, Ginobili was at the three-point line when he passed the ball to LaMarcus Aldridge, who was standing under the basket. With everybody in the arena seeing that an assist has failed, it was hard for the referees to actually believe that the ball ended up going through the hoop. But the officials didn't count the bucket as a bucket - the play just went on.

San Antonio Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich moved up a spot, to fifth, on the all-time winningest National Basketball Association coaches list.

Ginobili, clearly shocked he was not given credit for the basket, tried to get the attention of the referees, but to no avail.

"It worked perfectly. It went so clean that nobody saw it because once you make a shot like that, you want it to count. I certainly wouldn't have to pass the ball", said Popovich, per NBA.com.

Popovich is the longest tenuring head coach in all of the American professional sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) - 21 years, 24 days.

Danny Green still isn't 100 percent according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and may be shut down for a while.

The Knicks' Michael Beasley, thinking he had a rebound, grabbed the ball and dribbled up the court.

Like what everybody was yelling about after Manu Ginobili sank an overthrown pass for a 3-pointer, for example. "So yeah, it was very awkward, but common sense, I guess". We didn't play him in the second half because of the way he moved in the first half. "The refs reviewed it and we got it". "I think a lot of people gain confidence from other people's success, just knowing that it could happen".

Spurs down Knicks, Popovich alone in 5th for coaching wins