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Toronto Raptors

Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors named 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year

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Nick Nurse and Kyle Lowry (NBAE/Getty Images)

Congrats are in order for Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

On Saturday, the NBA announced that Nurse has been named the 2019-20 Coach of the Year.

Nurse (470 points) beat out Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks (147 points) and Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder (134 points) for the award.

Here are the voting results based on a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters:

Now in his second season as head coach, Nurse led the Raptors to a 53-19 record in the regular season despite losing two starters in Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in the offseason and being one of the most injury-ridden teams in the league. That earned Toronto the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, trailing only Milwaukee in the standings.

Having won Coach of the Year with the Iowa Energy in 2010-11, Nurse is the first coach to be selected as Coach of the Year in the NBA and G League. He's also the third coach to be named Coach of the Year with the Raptors, joining Sam Mitchell and Dwane Casey.

Nurse was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October/November and January of this season. He guided the Raptors to a franchise-best 15 game winning streak between Jan. 15 and Feb. 10.

Earlier this month, Budenholzer and Donovan were named the Michael H. Goldberg National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) co-coaches of the year, as voted on by the NBA's 30 head coaches. Nurse finished third, falling one vote shy of tying Budenholzer and Donovan.

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