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

Sport awardNBA 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

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 1999-06-25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 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 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • 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 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3, Tim Duncan MVP
  • 2007-06-14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 games to 0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013-06-20 67th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 3, LeBron James MVP for second straight year

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2014-06-15 68th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat, 4 games to 1
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1931-10-07 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball 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
  • 1961-10-31 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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

Person of interestDavid Robinson

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

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 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, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1966-12-14 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), 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 NBA forward and guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1973-06-22 Cory Alexander, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1973-08-31 Reggie Geary, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1974-11-23 Malik Rose, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestTim Duncan

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

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 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

  • 2004-07-24 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball 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