Tim Duncan won more than 1,000 games as an NBA player.

Tim Duncan won more than 1,000 games as an NBA player.


He got his first victory as an acting head coach on Tuesday night.


Dejounte Murray scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-103 without longtime head coach Gregg Popovich, who missed the game while dealing with “personal business,” according to the team.


Popovich is expected to return to the bench for Friday night’s game at Brooklyn.


“It’s night and day to be in the big boy chair,” said Duncan, who normally serves as an assistant coach. “Truth be told though, I wasn’t in the big boy chair. I had (other assistant coaches) making the calls and I was the one standing there screaming at people.”