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George Karl Ties Phil Jackson for 5th on NBA's All-Time Wins List

Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl yells at officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Karl received a technical on the exchange. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2016

With a 142-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl tied Phil Jackson for fifth on the NBA's all-time coaching wins list Saturday, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

Karl's 1,155th win came in his 27th season as a head coach with his sixth team. He is 24-39 overall with the Kings since taking over last year.

NBA TV congratulated Karl after his latest victory:

The 63-year-old coach downplayed the milestone and focused on his team's play coming off an embarrassing loss to the 3-32 Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, per the Associated Press.

"Our record brings a lot of energizing drama to our team, and in today's world, it gets magnified in a crazy way," Karl said. "Our team has done a better job with what they have been dealt than people give them credit for most of the time."

Fox Sports Live shared a graphic of the only coaches Karl trails on the all-time wins list:

Karl, who was diagnosed with cancer twice during his tenure with the Denver Nuggets, has taken 22 of his teams to the playoffs, but his biggest accomplishment on the court came when he led the 1995-96 Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA Finals, where they fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in six games.

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