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George Karl has been picked as NBA Coach of the Year for leading the Denver Nuggets to a league-best 38-3 record at home and the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Karl amassed 404 points, including 62 first-place votes from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, to win his first Red Auerbach Trophy.
Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra was a far second with 190 points, Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks had 127 and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs garnered 120 points.
Under Karl's stewardship, the Nuggets finished the regular season with a fourth-best record of 57-25 despite beginning the season as the league's third-youngest team with an average age of 24.9 years.
The Nuggets did it without having a player score more than 16.7 points per game during the regular season. They also finished the season third in assists (24.4 apg), fifth in player impact estimate (53.8 percent), offensive rating (107.6) and net rating (+5.6).
The Nuggets' 38-3 record at Pepsi Center was a franchise-best and tied for the 14th best home record in league annals.
Also, the Nuggets' .927 winning percentage at home was the highest since 2008-09 when the Cleveland Cavaliers went 39-2 (.951) at Quicken Loans Arena.
However, the Nuggets' playoff campaign ended when they lost to the Golden State Warriors in the first round.
In his 25th season as NBA coach and ninth with the Nuggets, Karl is the sixth-winningest coach in NBA annals and the active wins leader.
He has amassed 1,131 career victories in the NBA, including a streak of 21-straight non-losing seasons -- tied with Phil Jackson (21, 1989-90-2010-11) for the most in NBA history.
The Coach of the Year trophy is named after legendary coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach, who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships.
George Karl Wins NBA Coach of the Year
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