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Nick Nurse becomes Toronto Raptors all-time leader in playoff wins as head coach

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has rewritten the record books once again.

With the Raptors' Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday, Nurse earned his 22nd postseason win, passing Dwane Casey for the most playoff victories in franchise history. Nurse was able to set the record in just his second postseason appearance while Casey made five postseason trips at the helm.

Playoff records of Toronto Raptors head coaches
Rank Name Seasons W L PCT
1 Nick Nurse 2018-Present 22 10 .688
2 Dwane Casey 2011-2018 21 30 .412
3 Lenny Wilkens 2000-2003 8 9 .471
4 Sam Mitchell 2004-2008 3 8 .273
5 Butch Carter 1997-2000 0 3 .000

Nurse, of course, earned 16 wins in his rookie season as a head coach, leading the Raptors to the first-ever title in franchise history.

In his second season as head coach, Nurse led Toronto to its best regular-season win percentage in franchise history, became the third coach in franchise history to be named Coach of the Year and, in the opening round of the 2020 postseason, led the team to its first-ever postseason sweep as it defeated the Brooklyn Nets in four games.

During the regular season, Nurse became the second-fastest head coach to win 100 regular season games, doing it in his 140th game, second to only Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who did so in 117 games.

He looks to lead the Raptors back from a 0-2 deficit for the second time in his young career as they are tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Celtics.

Nurse will look to add to the win total in Game 5, as Toronto and Boston are back in action on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN.

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