Donnie Nelson 15-8 in father's absence
Nelson's son and top assistant, Donnie, took over bench duties, with the help of No. 2 assistant Del Harris.
Nelson is the second-winningest coach in NBA history, having passed Pat Riley on Monday night when the Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 111-94. The 1,111th victory of his 26-year career came in his 3,000th NBA game as a player or coach.
Donnie Nelson started the night 15-8 as a head coach, having gone 13-8 while his father was recovering from prostate cancer surgery during the 2000-2001 season and 2-0 in 2001-2002.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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