George Karl found peace and contentment in recording a coaching milestone.
Karl earned his 1,000th coaching victory, as Al Harrington scored a season-high 31 points and Nene added 26 to help the visiting Denver Nuggets hold off the Toronto Raptors 123-116 last night.
The seventh coach in NBA history with 1,000 wins, Karl shook hands with spectators and was hugged by Denver's players and assistant coaches at the final buzzer.
Afterward, Karl shared a moment of "peacefulness and contentment" with his team.
"I just felt together with them, I felt connected with them," Karl said. "A lot of times during an NBA season, the coach and players aren't really connected, they're fighting a lot. This was a moment, not only on the court but in the locker room afterwards, there was a great connection."
"He's one of the best coaches I've played for," said Chauncey Billups, who scored 21 points. "He's all about winning, he's all about playing the right way and sharing the basketball and everybody having their opportunities out there. I believe that's the way you win basketball games."
Karl survived prostate cancer in 2005 and was treated for neck and throat cancer earlier this year, missing the end of last season while undergoing treatment.
"It's unbelievable," Billups said. "He's got 1,000 wins, and he beat cancer twice. Those are his biggest wins."
In other games:
* At Washington, the New York Knicks have their longest winning streak in nearly a decade, and Amare Stoudemire has a streak the franchise hasn't seen since 1962. Stoudemire had 36 points and 10 rebounds to help overcome his 11 turnovers, and December's turnaround team won its seventh in a row, beating the Wizards, 101-95. Stoudemire posted his seventh straight 30-point game. Willie Naulls is the only other player in franchise history with such a run, way back in 1962.
* At Chicago, Derrick Rose had 29 points and nine assists, and the Bulls held off the Los Angeles Lakers for an 88-84 victory. The 84 points marked a season low for the Lakers, who were led by Kobe Bryant's 23. It was the Bulls' first win over the Lakers since Dec. 19, 2006.
* At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 27 points and 18 rebounds and Luke Ridnour had 20 points and 10 assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 109-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
* At New Orleans, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Hornets, 97-92.
* At San Antonio, Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili scored 18 points apiece, and the Spurs won their fourth straight to keep the NBA's best record (19-3), beating the Atlanta Hawks 108-92.
* At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 18 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-92. Roy Hibbert had 13 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
* At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut had 24 points, 22 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Bucks over the Houston Rockets, 97-91. It was Bogut's fourth 20-20 performance of his career.
* At Phoenix, Brandon Roy's 26 points led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 101-94 victory over the Suns.
* At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams scored 32 in the Jazz' 117-105 win over the Orlando Magic.