Heat’s Erik Spoelstra on 600th career win: ‘It is humbling’

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has now won his 600th career game, becoming the 27th coach in NBA history to reach that plateau.

Spoelstra’s career path from a video coordinator with the Heat to coach of the team is an inspiring one. He credited Heat owner Micky Arison for giving him a shot. Once he got his shot he ran with it and here we are, 600 wins later.

“It is humbling,” Spoelstra said. “Obviously, I always think about Pat and Micky for having this incredible opportunity to be able to coach with this franchise. I feel a great responsibility to do it the right way for something they started and created.

The Heat defeated the Spurs 116-111 and now hold a 33-30 record. That is good for seventh in the East. They only sit two games behind the fourth-place New York Knicks.

In these final nine games, the Heat can make some headway if they play good basketball.

Jimmy Butler once again led the Heat to victory and has continued his #JIMVP campaign by dropping 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting from the field vs. the Spurs. He also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists. 

“I know if we win, that takes care of everything,” Butler said.

Other players undoubtedly contributed. Bam Adebayo scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds. Goran Dragic and Dewayne Dedmon each scored 18 points each off of the bench.

The Heat look to continue their winning ways in their next game at Cleveland on Saturday, 5/1. They tip off against the Cavaliers at 8 pm Eastern.

 

 

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