San Antonio Spurs in History

Events in Sport

  • 1974-10-18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121
  • 1975-10-08 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1976-06-17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • 1978-08-05 The first all-seater stadium is opened in Aberdeen, Scotland; Aberdeen & London club Tottenham Hotspurs play a friendly to inaugurate the Pittodrie Stadium

NBA All-Star Game

1980-02-03 30th NBA All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover, Md: East beats West, 144-136 (OT); MVP: George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs, SF

  • 1980-10-11 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena
  • 1983-04-26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
  • 1984-01-11 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • 1993-11-05 1st NBA game in Alamodome, San Antonio Spurs beat Warriors 91-85
  • 1994-01-15 Dallas Mavericks drop a 104-87 decision to the San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena to set an unwanted NBA record with their 17th consecutive home defeat; break mark of 16 set by Orlando in 1990
  • 1997-01-31 San Antonio forward Dominique Wilkins scores 27 points in the Spurs' 97-95 loss to Minnesota; gives him 26,009 career points; only the 6th NBA player to reach the 26k milestone

Sports History

1997-06-25 NBA Draft: Wake Forest power forward Tim Duncan first pick by San Antonio Spurs

  • 1999-06-25 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 78-77 in Game 5 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Tim Duncan
  • 2000-02-13 49th NBA All-Star Game, Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA: West beats East, 137-127; MVPs: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, F; Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C
  • 2001-11-03 San Antonio Spurs guard Steve Smith plays first game against Portland after being traded from the Trail Blazers; ties NBA record for most 3-point field goals in a game without a miss; goes 8-for-8, scores 36 points in 106-90 win
  • 2003-06-15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 88-77 in Game 6 for franchise's second title; MVP: Tim Duncan
  • 2004-08-28 Led by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginóbili Argentina beats Italy 84-69 for the Olympic basketball gold medal in Athens; star-studded US team takes bronze
  • 2005-06-23 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat defending champion Detroit Pistons, 81-74 in Game 7 for club's 3rd title; MVP: Tim Duncan, his 3rd MVP award
  • 2007-06-14 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs edge Cleveland Cavaliers, 83-82 for a 4-0 series sweep; MVP: Tony Parker

NBA Finals

2013-06-20 NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 95-88 in Game 7 for back-to-back titles; MVP: LeBron James for second straight year

  • 2014-06-15 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 104-87 in Game 5 for 5th NBA Championship in franchise history; MVP: Kawhi Leonard
  • 2018-01-23 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs
  • 2019-04-03 San Antonio coach Geg Popovich is ejected after an NBA record low 63 seconds in the Spurs 113-85 loss in Denver; receives 2 technical fouls in a verbal confrontation with a referee
  • 2019-04-13 Gregg Popovich surpasses Lenny Wilkens to became the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with his 1,413th win as San Antonio Spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 101-96 in Western Conference Playoffs
  • 2019-05-09 English clubs create football history by taking all 4 final spots in Europe's 2 major competitions; Chelsea & Arsenal qualify in Europa Cup after 'miracle' Champions League wins for Liverpool & Spurs
  • 2020-12-30 San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon becomes first female to coach an NBA team after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is ejected in a 121-107 loss to the LA Lakers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1931-05-17 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), born in Chenoa, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1931-10-07 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American Basketball HOF coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67, Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 2004)
  • 1949-01-28 Gregg Popovich, American basketball coach and general manager (San Antonio Spurs; most wins in NBA history), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1956-10-16 Roger Phegley, American NBA basketball player, 1977-84 (Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, and 3 other teams), born in East Peoria, Illinois
  • 1961-10-13 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard, 1983-96 (Atlanta Hawks and 3 other teams), and head coach, 1999-present (Orlando Magic (NBA Coach of the Year, 2000); Boston Celtics; LA Clippers; Philadelphia 76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962-09-06 Kevin Willis, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 2003 SA Spurs; NBA All-Star 1992 Atlanta Hawks; one of 15 players 16,000+ career points & 11,000+ rebounds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963-09-28 Johnny Dawkins, American basketball guard (NBA: San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons) and coach (Stanford, UCF), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964-06-22 Greg Anderson, NBA forward/center (San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1964-06-27 Chuck Person, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Brantley, Alabama
  • 1965-03-25 Avery Johnson, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1965-07-16 Charles Smith, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

David RobinsonDavid Robinson (57 years old)

1965-08-06 American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs, Olympic gold 1992), born in Key West, Florida

  • 1965-08-29 Will Perdue, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1965-09-27 Steve Kerr, American basketball guard, head coach (5 NBA titles as player Chicago Bulls, SA Spurs - 3 as coach GS Warriors), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1966-08-09 Vinny Del Negro, American NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs) and coach (Chicago Bulls), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1966-12-14 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward, 1991-99 (San Antonio Spurs, and 2 other teams), born in Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1967-10-27 Jaren Jackson, American NBA guard & forward (Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968-02-02 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1970-02-12 Dell Demps, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Long Beach, Canada
  • 1971-10-08 Monty Williams, American basketball head coach and executive (Phoenix Suns 2019; New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans 2010-15) and NBA forward/guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1971-12-31 Brent Barry, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 2005, 07 San Antonio Spurs), executive (SA Spurs) and broadcaster (NBA on TNT), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1973-06-22 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1973-08-31 Reggie Geary, American NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs) and coach, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1974-11-23 Malik Rose, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tim DuncanTim Duncan (46 years old)

1976-04-25 American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • 1977-03-11 Becky Hammon, American / Russian basketball point guard (WNBA: NY Liberty, SA Stars; Russia Olympics 2008, 12) and coach (first female to coach an NBA team; SA Spurs 2020), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • 1982-05-17 Tony Parker, French basketball guard (NBA C'ship 2003, 05, 07, 14; NBA Finals MVP 2007; 6 × NBA All-Star; San Antonio Spurs), born in Bruges, Belgium
  • 1985-01-01 Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • 1302-07-11 Jacques de Châtillon, French Lord of Leuze and Governor of Flanders, dies in the Battle of the Golden Spurs at about 46
  • 1302-07-11 Pierre Flote, French legist and Chancellor of France under King Philip IV, dies in the Battle of the Golden Spurs
  • 2004-07-24 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American Basketball HOF coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67, Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72
  • 2021-03-25 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), dies from a stroke at 89