Fun Fact Friday

September 12, 2014

April 9, 1978 - Gervin Claims NBA Scoring Title

Going into the final game of the season, George Gervin and David Thompson were in a battle for the 1978 NBA Scoring Title. Earlier in the day, Thompson put up 73 points and appeared to have won the title. In the first half of the Spurs-Jazz game, Gervin scored 53 points and in the second quarter he scored an NBA record 33 points. Gervin finished with 63 points and claimed his first NBA Scoring Title.

December 22, 2007- Spurs Retire No. 6

Avery Johnson became the sixth Spur to have his jersey retired. Johnson spent 10 years in San Antonio and appeared in 644 games. Johnson is one of just eight players in franchise history to have played in 600-plus games with the Spurs.

September 11, 2009 - Robinson Inducted to Basketball Hall of Fame

David Robinson was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September of 2009. Over his 14-year career, Robinson averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 987 regular season games. Robinson was the first Spur to win the MVP Award (1995) and was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996.

November 19, 2010 - Duncan All-Time Leading Scorer

Tim Duncan surpassed David Robinson as the Spurs all-time leading scorer with a free-throw at the 5:28 mark in the third-quarter at Utah. Duncan and Robinson are the only two players in franchise history to score more than 20,000 points in their career.


September 5, 2014

April 16, 1983 - Spurs Announce All-Decade Team

The Spurs announced their All-Decade Team which featured George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Mike Mitchell, James Silas and Mark Olberding. George "Iceman" Gervin was named the Spurs Player of the Decade.

 

May 20, 1993- Final Game in HemisFair Arena

The Spurs played their final game in the HemisFair Arena after calling the Arena home for 20 years. The Spurs fell to the Suns 102-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Spurs played 893 regular season and playoff games in the Arena.

March 6, 2005 - Spurs Retire No. 32

The Spurs retired the No. 32 jersery which was worn by Sean Elliott who played 11 years for the Spurs. Elliott ended his career as the Spurs all-time leader in three-point field goals made (563). Elliott appeared in two NBA All-Star games and helped lead the Spurs to their first NBA Championship in 1999.

June 14, 2007 - Parker First European-born Player to win Finals MVP Title

The Spurs captured their fourth NBA Championship in 2007 after defeating the Cavaliers in four games. Tony Parker averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists throughout the series. Parker made NBA history by becoming the first European-born player to be named the Finals MVP.

Friday: August 29, 2014

March 6, 1982 - Spurs Record 171 Points

The Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks played a triple overtime game in which the Spurs defeated the Bucks 171-166. The Spurs set a franchise record for most points scored and the combined 337 points is the second highest point total in NBA history.

 

April 24, 1994- Robinson Scores 71 Points

During the final game of the 1993-94 season, David Robinson scored 24 points in the first half of the Spurs vs. Clippers game and 47 points in the second half finishing with 71 points. Robinson accounted for 26 of the Spurs 44 field goals and 71 of the Spurs 112 points.

June 25, 1999 - Avery Johnson's Jumper

Avery Johnson nailed an 18-foot jumper with 47.0 seconds left during Game 5 of the 1999 NBA Finals to put the Spurs up 78-77 over the Knicks. Neither team scored another point in the game which led to the Spurs capturing their first NBA Championship.

November 10, 2003 - Spurs Retire No. 50

The Spurs retired the No. 50 jersery which was worn by David Robinson for 14 seasons. Robinson retired as the Spurs all-time NBA leader in games, points, rebounds, steals and blocks. Robinson was the MVP's in 1995, the Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1990.


Friday: August 22, 2014

December 5, 1987 - Spurs Retire No. 44

The Spurs retired the No. 44 jersery which was worn by George "Iceman" Gervin. In his 12 seasons with the Spurs, Gervin scored 23,602 points (ABA/NBA), dished out 2,523 assists, blocked 1,159 shots and appeared in 12 All-Star Games.

February 26, 1991 - Spurs Record 1,000th Win

The Spurs recorded their 1,000th win in franchise history in front of a sell-out crowd in the HemisFair Arena. 15,908 fans cheered the Spurs on as they defeated Portland 102-101 in overtime.

 

November 5, 1993- First Game Played at Alamodome

After playing in the HemisFair Arena from 1973-1993, the Spurs moved to the Alamodome. The Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 91-85 in front of 36,523 fans. The Spurs played nine seasons in the Alamodome before relocating to the AT&T Center.

 

February 17, 1994 - Robinson Records Quadruple-Double

David Robinson became just the fourth player to record a quadruple-double in an NBA game. Robinson finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks in the matchup between Detroit.

March 20, 1998 - Spurs Retire No. 00

The Spurs retired the No. 00 jersery which was worn by point guard Johnny Moore. During his nine seasons with the Spurs, Moore finished with 4,890 points, 3,865 assists and 1,017 steals.


Friday: August 14, 2014

October 10, 1973 - First Game in San Antonio History

The Spurs fell to the San Diego Conquistadors 121-106 in the HemisFair Arena.

 

October 22, 1976 - Spurs NBA Debut

The Spurs made their NBA debut on the road vs. Philadelphia. The Spurs defeated the Sixers 131-118. The Spurs played their first NBA game in the HemisFair Arena on October 27, 1976 vs. Phoenix. The Spurs defeated Phoenix 115-106.

 

February 28, 1984 - First Number Retired

The Spurs retired No. 13 which was worn by James Silas. Silas was the first Spur to have his number retired. In his career, Silas appeared in 618 games, scored 10,290 points and finished with 2,406 assists.

May 23, 1995 - Robinson named MVP

The NBA announced David Robinson as the 1994-95 Most Valuable Player. Robinson became the first player in San Antonio history to win the award.

May 6, 1996 - George Gervin Inducted into Hall of Fame

George Gervin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. During his 14-year professional career, Gervin scored 26,595 points. In his 12 seasons with the Spurs, Gervin scored 23,602 points (ABA/NBA).

 

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