Key Dates in Spurs History
OCTOBER 16, 1967
The Dallas Chaparrals beat the Anaheim Amigos 129-125 at Memorial Auditorium... serving as the team's player/coach Cliff Hagan led the Chaparrals with 35 points and 12 rebounds... of course, following five seasons in Dallas, the franchise moved to San Antonio and became the San Antonio Spurs.
A group of San Antonio businessmen – including John Schaefer, Red McCombs, Angelo Drossos and Art Burdick – purchased the Dallas Chaparrals and moved the team to San Antonio... the first ownership group consisted of 35 stockholders... the team struggled to gain interest early – said treasurer Maury Holden, "I can remember one night, Pat Tallman (the Spurs public address announcer) said it might be easier to introduce the people in the crow instead of the starting line-ups."
OCTOBER 6, 1973
San Antonio's first taste of professional basketball came four days prior to the Spurs first "official" ABA debut... in a game touted as "The Pro Basketball Championship In The State Of Texas" San Antonio met Houston in the first of many games between the intrastate rivals... the game was unique because the first half was to be played by NBA rules, the second half and overtime sessions would be played under ABA rules... the game was also played with a no-disqualification rule, meaning players could accumulate 6-or-more fouls... at the time the trustees for the ABA were trying to decide whether to adopt the no-disqualification rule for the ABA regular season... the Spurs would draw first blood with a 91-89 victory... Jerry Chambers led the way for the Spurs 20 points... Rudy Tomjanovich paced Houston with 29.
OCTOBER 10, 1973
In the first game in San Antonio history, the Spurs fell to the San Diego Conquistadors 121-106 in the HemisFair Arena... Rich Jones led the Spurs in scoring with 25 points... the Spurs lost the first four games before claiming their first win on 10/16/73 when they beat the Virginia Squires 116-106... the Conquistadors coincidentally were coached by NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain... Chamberlain was assisted by Stan Albeck, who would go on to coach the Spurs in 1980.
JANUARY 30, 1974
After a month of fighting, Angelo Drossos pulled off the biggest deal in Spurs history, purchasing George Gervin from the Virginia Squires... the transaction wasn't a simple one due to the legal battles between the Spurs, the Squires and the ABA League Office... in fact, at one point, the 21-year-old Gervin went into hiding for a week as the three parties battled it out... the original deal reportedly hatched in January of 1974 had the Spurs "purchasing" Gervin's contract for a sum of $225,000... the ABA opposed the deal from the beginning... a court battle ensued and played out for the next month... in the end Drossos and the Spurs won, and the rest, as they say, is history.
DECEMBER 13, 1974
Bass was named head coach replacing Tom Nissalke... he was credited with instilling a run-an-gun style to the Spurs attack... he also moved George Gervin from forward to guard... Bass would go to an illustrious career in San Antonio, serving as: general manager, vice president of basketball operations, assistant to the chairman, head coach and assistant coach over his 20 years with the Spurs... over his 1,617 games in San Antonio the Spurs posted a 877-740 record... Bass was twice named NBA Executive of the Year (in 1990 with the Spurs and 1997 with the Hornets).
JANUARY 28, 1975
Only one season after being welcomed to San Antonio, the Spurs hosted the eighth annual ABA All-Star Game... the Spurs had front-office staff of four (Angelo Drossos –executive vice president, Bernie LeReau – trainer, equipment manager, business manager, Terry Stembridge – broadcaster and broadcast sales manager and Wayne Witt – Director of Public Relations) at the time of the game... Joe Namath was lined up as guest speaker at a pregame luncheon, "As I recall it was a lousy speech," said Stembridge. "Short, not particularly good. Everyone decided he had been overpaid." ... Willie Nelson performed at a pregame gala (where he played almost until dawn) and also sang the national anthem... the game's MVP, St. Louis' Freddie Lewis, received a quarter horse named Tuff Julie... Lewis eventually settled on Tuff Julie's auction price of $1,950 instead of opting to take the horse home... the East won the game 151-124.
APRIL 7, 1976
Fans in the Alamo City saw one of the more interesting, albeit one of the last games in ABA history... a leak in the roof of HemisFair Arena forced the Spurs-Indiana Pacers game to be played under some different rules... because a portion of the court was coned off in the slippery areas it was decided there would be no pressing of the ball handler outside of the 3-point lines and there would be no fast breaks allowed... the games was also played with a running clock on dead balls to make up for the nearly 40-minute delay to get the court "game-ready"... the Spurs ended up taking the game 96-75 ... Arena officials weren't out of the woods after the game ended either... with the Spurs set to host the New York Nets in ABA Playoffs in just two days, contractors were able to patch the leaks in HemisFair's roof, however they could not guarantee the patches would hold in the event of another rain storm... luckily for everyone involved the weather co-operated and no new "rules" were needed.
JUNE 17, 1976
Four ABA teams – San Antonio, Denver, New York and Indiana – were admitted into the NBA ... this gave the NBA a total of 22 teams ... the other five ABA teams – Kentucky, St. Louis, San Diego, Utah and Virginia – were dissolved as the merger meant the end for ABA after nine seasons... San Antonio brought it's high octane offense to NBA, where it topped the league in scoring with 115.0 points a game... George Gervin (23.1 ppg) and Larry Kenon (21.9 ppg) both landed in the Top 15 in scoring for the season.
OCTOBER 22, 1976
The Spurs traveled to Philadelphia for their NBA debut where they defeated the 76ers 121-118... Billy Paultz led the way for the Spurs with 27 points... unfortunately fans in San Antonio tuning into the game on the radio missed ending... the Spurs were ahead by 6 with 25 seconds to go in the game when technical difficulties silenced Terry Stembridge's broadcast... Stembridge kept his composure and taped the remaining seconds of the game, which was replayed when the radio transmission was re-established... the game also marked Hall of Famer Dr. J's first NBA game... the 76ers purchased his contract a day earlier from the New York Nets... according the Express-News in the days leading up to the subsequent Philadelphia deal, then Nets had shopped Erving to numerous teams around the NBA, one of which being the Spurs... New York had asked for George Gervin, Mark Olberding and either George Karl or Mike Gale in return for Dr. J... San Antonio balked at the offer and Gervin became an Alamo City legend while Dr. J made his house calls in Philadelphia.
FEBRUARY 10, 1977
The San Antonio City Council approved $4 million in funds to raise the roof of the HemisFair Arena, allowing the building to accommodate 6,000 more seats... it took 38 jacks to lift the 2,260 ton roof the 33 feet needed to complete the project.
APRIL 9, 1978
George Gervin set an NBA record scoring 33 points in the second quarter as the Spurs fell to New Orleans 153-132 in the final game of the regular season... earlier in the day David Thompson had scored 73 points and entering the game Gervin knew he had to score 58 points to edge out Thompson for the 1978 scoring title... Gervin came through... he had 53 at halftime and finished the game with 63 points -despite sitting out the fourth quarter- to claim his first scoring title... Head Coach Doug Moe said, "We let him have the chance to do it, but nobody else could have done it. New Orleans put three guys on him and didn't even guard a couple of our guys! And, he still scored! He put on one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen."
DECEMBER 30, 1980
In late December a San Antonio tradition was born when the club handed out 10,000 free posters that featured the Spurs' front line as the "Bruise Brothers." The crew of George Johnson, Dave Corzine, Kevin Restani, Paul Griffin, Mark Olberding, and Reggie Johnson deserved the moniker. The 1980-81 team led the NBA in rebounds and blocked shots, and was third in personal fouls. George Johnson led the league in blocked shots with 3.39 per game.
MARCH 6, 1982
The 171 points is a franchise record for the Spurs and the 337 the two teams combined for is the second highest point total in NBA history... George Gervin had 50 points on 21-of-31 shooting... Mike Mitchell added 45 points... what might be the most amazing part of the game was that it ended in three hours and one minute.
APRIL 18, 1982
Three different Spurs won individual NBA statistical titles during the 1981-82 season... George Gervin won his fourth scoring title after averaging 32.3 ppg... Johnny Moore captured the assists crown with 9.8 per contest... George Johnson rounded out the threesome with 3.12 blocks a night.
APRIL 15, 1983
Spurs announced their All Decade Team... on the squad were George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Mike Mitchell, James Silas and Mark Olberding... the Iceman was named the Spurs Player of the Decade... the same night Artis Gilmore scored his 20,000th career point.
FEBRUARY 28, 1984
James Silas – who was an original Spur – had his #13 retired by San Antonio... the 6-1 185-pound guard was a two-time All-American at Stephen F. Austin... in his eight seasons with the Spurs, he appeared in 540 regular season games while averaging 17.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds... Silas was named an ABA All-Star in both 1075 and 1976.
FEBRUARY 18, 1986
Alvin Robertson records one of only four quadruple-doubles in NBA history with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals vs. Phoenix ... Robertson was NBA's steals leader during the 1985-86 season (also in 1986-7) and was named Defensive Player of the Year.
MAY 17, 1987
The Spurs won the NBA Draft Lottery in New York... Bob Bass was on hand with a lucky Red Chameleon... the Los Angeles Clippers were the odds-on favorite to land the 7-footer out of the Naval Academy, as they finished with a league worst 12-70 record... San Antonio's 28-54 mark was only fourth worst in the NBA... Bass' chameleon worked as the Spurs leapfrogged the three teams with worse records and won the number one pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, which they used to select All-Star center David Robinson.
DECEMBER 5, 1987
Spent 12 of his 14 seasons in professional basketball with the Spurs ... captured four NBA scoring titles (only two players in history have more: Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain) ... appeared in 12 All-Star Games (named the MVP of the 1980 Game) ... holds the NBA record for the most points in a quarter, exploding for 33 in the second quarter on April 9, 1978 in New Orleans ... inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 6, 1996 ...in his 14-year professional career appeared in a total of 1,060 regular season games, averaging 25.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest while shooting .504 from the field and .841 from the line ... scored a total of 26,595 points (which is the 12th highest combined ABA/NBA total in history).
MAY 28, 1988
Red McCombs became the full owner of the Spurs on 5/28 after purchasing the team from his fellow investors for $47 million... one of McCombs first moves as owner was to fire Head Coach Bob Weiss and replace him with University of Kansas Head Coach Larry Brown.
JUNE 13, 1988
Larry Brown made his return to the NBA after leading the University of Kansas to the 1988 National Championship... the Spurs struggled Brown's first as all of San Antonio waited for David Robinson to finish his military commitment... Brown's Spurs would go on to win over 50 games and capture first place in the Midwest Division in each of the next two seasons... Brown compiled a 153-131 record while in San Antonio, his .537 winning % is fourth on the Spurs all-time list... coming to San Antonio at all was an ironic twist to Brown's coaching to career, as Brown was once quoted as saying that, "the only good thing about San Antonio is guacamole salad," when he was coaching the ABA's Denver Nuggets... Brown was also the head coach of the West Squad in 1975 ABA All-Star Game hosted in San Antonio... Brown can also be credited for originally bringing current Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich to San Antonio... Popovich served as an assistant from 1988-1992.
NOVEMBER 4, 1989
In his first NBA game rookie center David Robinson led the Spurs to a 106-98 win over the Lakers in front of a crowd of 15,868 in the HemisFair Arena... Robinson didn't miss a beat despite the fact that he had spent the two previous years serving as a Navy ensign, stationed at King's Bay, GA... the Admiral finished the game with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
APRIL 22, 1990
San Antonio finished the 1989-90 season with a 56-26 record and a one-game cushion over the second-place Utah Jazz... the 35-game improvement from 1988-89 to 1989-90 was the biggest one-year swing in NBA history... the driving force behind the turnaround was "the Admiral." ... Rookie of the Month in each month of the season, Robinson led the team in scoring (24.3 ppg) and rebounding (12.0 rpg)... he was the league's Rookie of the Year and was named to the Western Conference All-Star squad.
FEBRUARY 26, 1991
With a 102-101 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers the Spurs collected their 1,000th franchise victory.
MARCH 26, 1993
On this date a group of 22 investors purchased the franchise from Red McCombs... the two leaders of the group were Bob Coleman and Robert McDermott... the original deal was struck on 2/19/93 between the group and McCombs, then a month later the move — with some minor changes — was approved by the NBA League Office.
MAY 20, 1993
The end of an era ... after calling the HemisFair Arena home for 20 years the Spurs played their final game in the Arena falling to the Suns 102-100 in Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinal series ... in those 20 seasons, the Spurs played 893 regular season and playoff games in the Arena, attracting 9,383,257 fans.
NOVEMBER 5, 1993
The Spurs defeated the Golden State Warriors 91-85 in front of 36,523 fans to open the Alamodome... the Spurs played nine seasons in the Alamodome before relocating the AT&T Center prior to the 2002-03 season.
FEBRUARY 17, 1994
Robinson became the fourth player in NBA history to post a triple double with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocks vs. Detroit.
MARCH 19, 1994
Spurs guard Dale Ellis became the first player in professional basketball history to knock down 1,000 three-pointers
APRIL 24, 1994
In the final game of the 1993-94 season, Robinson scores 71 points at the L.A. Clippers on 4/24 to edge out Shaquille O'Neal for the NBA's scoring crown... having only 24 points in the first half, The Admiral exploded for an amazing 47 points I the second half... Robinson accounted 26 of the Spurs 44 field goals and 71 of the team's 112 points (there wasn't another Spur in double digits that night)... Robinson became the fourth player in player in NBA history to score 70 or more points (Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor were the first three, Kobe Bryant most recently broke the 70-point barrier.
MAY 31, 1994
Gregg Popovich returned to the Spurs –where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons- after two seasons as an assistant with Golden State... Popovich took over as head coach in December of 1996.
MAY 23, 1995
On this date the NBA announced its 1994-95 Most Valuable Player — Mr. David Robinson... the Admiral led the Spurs to a 62-20 record — the best mark in the NBA in 1994-95 — and became the first player in San Antonio history to win the award... Robinson was among league leaders in five categories: scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, steals and field goal percentage.
FEBRUARY 11, 1996
One of the most exciting weekends in San Antonio history was capped with the 46th Annual NBA All-Star Game... a crowd of 36,037 packed the Alamodome and saw the East defeat the West 129-118 despite solid efforts from All-Stars David Robinson and Sean Elliott... the entire 1996 NBA All-Star Weekend was a hit as, for three days, the eyes of the world were focused on the Alamo City.
MARCH 31, 1996
The Spurs posted a perfect 16-0 record in the month of March, tying them with the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the best month in NBA history.
MAY 6, 1996
In Springfield, Massachusetts, George Gervin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ... the Iceman is the only Spur ever to be elected to the Hall of Fame ... the honor is one that Gervin deserves ... in his 14-year professional career he scored 26,595 points which is the eighth highest total in history.
MAY 17, 1997
Ten years after winning the 1987 NBA Draft Lottery, lightning struck again as the Spurs won the 1997 Lottery and the right to select Wake Forest star Tim Duncan... winning the lottery was one of the few bright spots for the Spurs during the 1996-97 season... they limped through the year without David Robinson and others, finishing with a 20-62 mark.
MARCH 20, 1998
Spent nine seasons with the Spurs, averaging 9.4 points, 7.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.96 steals in 519 regular season games... during the 1981-82 season led the NBA in assists, averaging 9.6 assists per contest (edging out Magic Johnson of the Lakers who averaged 9.5 assists)... ranks second on the Spurs all-time assists list, with 3,865... on December 26, 1985, was diagnosed with Desert Fever ... early on doctors said the disease would be fatal ... showing the same fight off the court as he did on it, he beat the disease... returned to play three more seasons with the Spurs before retiring after the 1989-90 campaign.
MAY 31, 1999
Sean Elliott may have hit the most memorable shot in Spurs history... with 12 seconds left in Game 2 of the 1999 Western Conference Finals the Spurs found themselves trailing the Portland Trail Blazers 85-83 when Elliott caught a pass in the corner, pirouetted and lofted a high-arching three-pointer over Rasheed Wallace... the shot, now referred to as the "Memorial Day Miracle" gave the Spurs the victory and propelled them to the NBA Finals and their first NBA title.
JUNE 25, 1999
An Avery Johnson 18-foot jumper with 47.0 seconds left gave the Spurs a 78-77 lead over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden in Game 5 of the 1999 NBA Finals ... neither team scored another point, as the Spurs held on to win the game and capture their first NBA Championship.
JUNE 30, 1999
The Spurs selected unknown Argentinean guard Manu Ginobili with the 57th selection in the 1999 NBA Draft... although he wouldn't join the Spurs until 2002, as most Spurs fans know, he was worth the wait.
NOVEMBER 2, 1999
Approved by an overwhelming majority of Bexar County voters, the AT&T Center was designed to me custom-made for San Antonio and offer something for everyone... the AT&T Center offered greater intimacy for events as well improved site lines... the AT&T Center would not only be home to the Spurs, it also housed the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo as well the San Antonio Rampage (American Hockey League), San Antonio Silver Stars (Women's National Basketball Association) and numerous concerts and family shows... ground was broken for the building on 8/23/00 and was completed in time for the 2002 NBA Preseason.
DECEMBER 7, 1999
Avery Johnson surpassed Johnny Moore to become the Silver and Black's all-time assist leader on 12/7 at Indiana... he finished his Spurs career with 4,474 assists... Johnson is also the all-time playoff assists leader for the Silver and Black with 547.
MARCH 13, 2000
Elliott was a surprise starter against the Atlanta Hawks and finished with 2 points in 12 minutes... for the previous seven years he had suffered from focal glomerulosclerosis, a rare kidney disease... a month after the Spurs won their first championship – on July 21, 1999 – he announced that he would need to undergo a kidney transplant... on August 16, Elliott underwent a successful kidney transplant at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, receiving his new kidney from his older brother Noel... after spending months working out on his own Elliott made NBA history on March 14 when he took the court against the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the first player in league history to return to action following a major organ transplant. Elliott appeared in 19 games during the 1999-2000 campaign and saw action in 52 games in 2000-01 before retiring in the summer of 2001.
DECEMBER 19, 2000
The Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets 86-79 securing Gregg Popovich his 178th career coaching victory with San Antonio and surpassing Doug Moe and became the winningest coach in franchise history.
APRIL 18, 2001
The 2000-01 season marked the first time in franchise history San Antonio led the NBA in home attendance. The Spurs drew 913,175 fans to 41 regular season home games for an average of 22,273 fans per game. The Spurs did not disappoint their fans either, posting a 33-8 home record which was tied for tops in the league with Sacramento.
OCTOBER 30, 2001
With the 28th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft the Spurs selected French guard Tony Parker... Youth was served for San Antonio on 10/30 vs. the L.A. Clippers when 19-year old Tony Parker entered the game at the 8:26 mark to become the youngest player to appear in a game in franchise history... Parker's tender age did not slow him down as the rookie earned starting duties on 11/6 vs. Orlando... his play earned him a trip to the 'got milk?' Rookie Challenge at All-Star weekend and a spot on the All-Rookie First Team.
NOVEMBER 16, 2001
David Robinson made Spurs history when he slammed down his 19,384th point at 6:20 mark of the first quarter vs. Cleveland on 11/16. With that dunk Robinson became the Spurs all-time NBA scoring leader surpassing George Gervin. Robinson was not finished with his milestones yet. The Admiral scored his 20,000th point on 3/5 vs. Golden State. Robinson was the 27th player all-time and 10th center to reach that plateau.
MAY 9, 2002
Tim Duncan elevated his game even higher during the 2001-02 campaign, as the fifth year pro captured the league's MVP award. Duncan finished fifth in the league in points, second in rebounding, tied for third in blocks and sixth in minutes. He led the Spurs in scoring 70 times and in rebounding 69 times while accounting for 26.3% of the team's total points and 30.0% of the team's total rebounds. Duncan also set a new career-high for points with 53 against the Dallas Mavericks on 12/26.
NOVEMBER 1, 2002
The Spurs moved into a new home for the 2002-03 campaign ... although the Spurs and their fans loved both the HemisFair Arena and the Alamodome, the AT&T Center (then SBC Center) was their first home conceived, designed and built with the Spurs in mind (unlike the HemisFair Arena – which was built for the 1968 World's Fair – and the Dome – which was built by the city of San Antonio as a multi-use sports and entertainment venue) ... in their first season in the AT&T Center the Spurs sold out 21 games, averaging 17,950 fans per game in the 18,797-seat facility.
APRIL 28, 2003
Coach Pop received the 2003 Coach of the Year Award after leading the Spurs to a league-best 60-22 record... San Antonio went on a tear to ring in 2003, winning 41of 50 games to end the season while locking up homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs... Tim Duncan's MVP performance led the way while Tony Parker, Stephen Jackson and Bruce Bowen helped send David Robinson off into retirement with his second championship ring.
MAY 4, 2003
Tim Duncan became the first player since Michael Jordan to win back-to-back regular season MVP honors ... ranked in the top 10 in points (seventh with 23.3), rebounds (third with 12.9), blocks (third with 2.93) and FG percentage (seventh with a .513 mark) ... of course the regular season was just a warm-up for Duncan ... in the postseason he averaged 24.7 points, 15.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.29 blocks in 42.5 minutes ... Duncan led the Spurs to their second NBA Championship in a five-year span and was named the 2003 Finals MVP (after averaging 24.2 points, 17.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 5.33 blocks in the Finals).
JUNE 15, 2003
Stephen Jackson's jumper gives the Spurs the lead with 6:34 left in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs outscore the Nets 15-5 down the stretch to clinch the second NBA Championship in franchise history. The Spurs Championship served as a perfect ending to a perfect career ... prior to the 2002-03 season David Robinson announced it would be his last ... his 14th and final season with the Spurs was a memorable one ... he finished his NBA career with 20,790 points and 10,497 rebounds making him one of just 12 players in league history in the 20,000 point, 10,000 rebound club ... a 10-time All-Star, Robinson was the 1995 NBA MVP, the 1992 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the 1990 NBA Rookie of the Year ... he led the league in scoring in 1994, in rebounding in 1991 and in blocked shots in 1992 to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of two players in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
NOVEMBER 10, 2003
Robinson ended his 14-year career on June 15, 2003 with his second NBA Championship... averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.00 blocks in 987 regular season games ... the Spurs all-time NBA leader in games played, points, rebounds and blocked shots... the NBA's MVP in 1995, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1990 ... won the NBA's rebounding title (1991), blocked shots title (1992) and scoring title (1994) ... one of only 18 players to be named to 10 All-NBA Teams ... the only male basketball player in U.S. history to appear in three Olympic Games: Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), and Atlanta (1996) ... a gentleman on the court and an All-Star in the community, he was honored with the 2001 NBA Sportsmanship Award and the 2003 J. Walter Kennedy Award.
MARCH 6, 2005
The world may know Elliott for that shot but Spurs fans remember #32 for his determination and clutch shooting over 11 seasons for the Silver and Black... in 669 regular season games in a Spurs uniform Elliott averaged 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.0 minutes... he left the Spurs as their all-time leader in three-point field goals made (563) and attempted (1,485)... that same determination defined Elliott's March 14, 2000 return to the Spurs after undergoing a kidney transplant and eight months of rehab... Elliott became the first player in NBA history to return to the court following a major organ transplant.
JUNE 23, 2005
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to capture their third NBA Championship in the last seven years... Tim Duncan joined Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to capture three Finals MVP awards... Duncan finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds to propel the Spurs to a 81-74 victory.
JUNE 14, 2007
The San Antonio Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 to capture the 2007 NBA Championship... Tony Parker was the Finals MVP after averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists on 56.8% shooting... Parker became the first ever European born player to win Finals MVP honors... Head Coach Gregg Popovich joined Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, John Kundla and Pat Riley as the only coaches in NBA history to have won 4-or-more championships.
NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Tim Duncan becomes the Spurs' All-Time leading scorer passing David Robinson with 20,791 career points. If ABA statistics were counted George Gervin would have accumulated 23,602 points.