On This Date 1/6/1995
Lenny Wilkens of the Atlanta Hawks becomes the winningest coach in NBA history as his team defeats the Washington Bullets 112-90 at The Omni in Atlanta. It is the 939th win of Wilkens’ career, passing Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach. Auerbach offered a salty congratulation, pointing out that Lenny Wilkens coached in more games and has more losses. Wilkens paid tribute to Red Auerbach, lighting a victory cigar. Lenny Wilkens would coach his final game in 2005, retiring with 1,332 wins. Wilkens currently ranks second to Don Nelson’s 1,335 wins.