Written by Andre C. Fernandez
Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 90-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, which moved Erik Spoelstra ahead of Pat Riley for most coaching wins in franchise history.
1. Erik Spoelstra surpasses Pat Riley, tips his cap to his mentor. Spoelstra has come a long way from his days as the Heat’s video coordinator to earning the most coaching wins in franchise history. Spoelstra achieved the milestone on Saturday as the Heat gutted out an ugly yet satisfying victory against the Clippers that took nearly every player available.
“I have an idea of what you guys are going to ask, so I thought that it would be most fitting to go retro and have an old-school Miami Heat game in honor of Coach Riley,” Spoelstra said. “This is the type of game he probably enjoys the most: You win shooting 37 percent. I think we scored too many points this game. But those are the old-school, tough, grind-it-out, find-any-way-as-a-competitor to win the games. That’s in honor of my mentor and my coach. He’s still my coach.”
Spoelstra’s career record is now 455-296.