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Carroll native, former Northern Iowa star Nick Nurse wins NBA Coach of the Year award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nick Nurse was voted NBA Coach of the Year on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi Leonard.

Nurse, who has the Raptors on the verge of the second round of the playoffs, was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. He finished with 470 points.

An Iowa native, Nurse starred at Kuemper Catholic High School before playing his college ball at Northern Iowa.

Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points.