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1998–99 San Antonio Spurs season

The 1998–99 NBA season was the San Antonio Spurs' 32nd season as a franchise, the team's 26th season in San Antonio, and the team's 23rd season in the National Basketball Association.[1]

1998–99 San Antonio Spurs season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachGregg Popovich
Owner(s)Peter Holt
ArenaAlamodome
Results
Record37–13 (.740)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Knicks 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKSAT-TV
KRRT
Fox Sports Southwest
RadioWOAI
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

During the offseason, the Spurs acquired guard Antonio Daniels from the Vancouver Grizzlies and signed free agents Mario Elie, Steve Kerr and Jerome Kersey. After a promising rookie season from second-year star Tim Duncan, Spurs fans had to wait three-and-a-half months for the season to begin due to a lockout by NBA owners. When the season started, the Spurs posted a 6–8 record in February. However, in March and April, they won 31 of their final 36 games on their way to a league-best 37–13 season record.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves three games to one. In the semifinals, the Spurs' "Twin Towers" of David Robinson and Tim Duncan outplayed Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant as the Spurs swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four straight games. In the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs faced the Portland Trail Blazers. After taking Game One, the Spurs trailed by 17 points in Game Two. However, the Spurs made a fourth-quarter run that culminated with a game-winning three-pointer from Sean Elliott.[2] The Spurs went on to sweep the Trail Blazers, becoming the first former American Basketball Association (ABA) team to play in the NBA Finals.

In the Finals, the Spurs defeated the eighth-seeded New York Knicks in five games. Avery Johnson hit the title-winning shot with 47 seconds left to seal the Spurs' first title in franchise history.[3]

OffseasonEdit

On June 24, 1998, the Spurs traded Carl Herrera and first-round draft pick Felipe Lopez to the Vancouver Grizzlies for guard Antonio Daniels.[4][5][6] The team also signed free agents Mario Elie, Steve Kerr and Jerome Kersey during the offseason.[7]

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 24 Felipe López Guard   Dominican Republic St. John's
2 52 Derrick Dial Guard   United States Eastern Michigan

RosterEdit

San Antonio Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 33   Daniels, Antonio 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Bowling Green
PF 21   Duncan, Tim (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Wake Forest
SG 17   Elie, Mario 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) American International
SF 32   Elliott, Sean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Arizona
SG 10   Gaze, Andrew   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Seton Hall
SG 2   Jackson, Jaren 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgetown
PG 6   Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Southern
PG 4   Kerr, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arizona
SF 25   Kersey, Jerome 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Longwood
PF 54   King, Gerard 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Nicholls State
C 41   Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Vanderbilt
C 50   Robinson, David 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Navy
PF 31   Rose, Malik 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Drexel
SG 11   Williams, Brandon   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Davidson
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 21–4 16–9 17–4
x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 22–3 15–10 15–3
x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6 19–6 12–13 12–9
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12 18–7 7–18 11–9
Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18 15–10 4–21 8–12
Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23 12–13 2–23 5–16
Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29 7–18 1–24 3–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740
2 y-Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 2
3 x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 6
5 x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6
6 x-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 10
7 x-Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 10
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12
9 Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 12
10 Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 16
11 Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18
12 Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23
13 Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 28
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1998-99 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1
Boston 0–3 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–3 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1
Charlotte 0–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 3–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
Chicago 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–2
Cleveland 1–2 2–2 1–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–2
Dallas 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 3–0 0–3 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–3 2–2 1–3 0–3 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–0
Denver 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–3 0–4 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–3 0–3 0–4 2–2 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–1
Detroit 2–1 3–0 0–3 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–4 1–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
Golden State 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–4 4–0 0–0
Houston 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–3 4–0 0–0
Indiana 1–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–0
L.A. Clippers 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–3 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–3 0–1 1–3 1–3 0–0
L.A. Lakers 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–0
Miami 3–0 0–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 3–0
Milwaukee 2–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–1
Minnesota 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 3–1 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–3 3–1 0–0
New Jersey 2–1 2–1 0–3 1–2 0–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–1
New York 1–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–3 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1
Orlando 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1
Philadelphia 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2
Phoenix 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 3–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–3 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–2 3–0 0–0
Portland 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–2 4–0 0–0
Sacramento 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–0 0–4 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 4–0 1–0
San Antonio 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 4–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 0–0
Seattle 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–1
Toronto 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–3 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2
Utah 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 3–0 1–0
Vancouver 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 0–3 0–4 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–3 0–4 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–3 0–0
Washington 1–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–0

Game logEdit

Regular seasonEdit

1998–99 game log
Total: 37–13 (Home: 21–4; Road: 16–9)
1998–99 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves: Spurs win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Spurs and Timberwolves.

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (4) Los Angeles Lakers: Spurs win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-2)

West Conference FinalsEdit

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Portland Trail Blazers: Spurs win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-1)

Player statsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Antonio Daniels 47 0 13.1 .454 .294 .754 1.1 2.3 .64 .13 4.7
Tim Duncan 50 50 39.3 .495 .143 .690 11.4 2.4 .90 2.52 21.7
Mario Elie 47 37 27.5 .471 .374 .866 2.9 1.9 .98 .26 9.7
Sean Elliott 50 50 30.2 .410 .328 .757 4.3 2.3 .52 .34 11.2
Andrew Gaze 19 0 3.1 .320 .313 .000 .3 .3 .11 .05 1.1
Jaren Jackson 47 13 18.3 .380 .361 .821 2.1 1.0 .87 .19 6.4
Avery Johnson 50 50 33.4 .473 .083 .568 2.4 7.4 1.02 .22 9.7
Steve Kerr 44 0 16.7 .391 .313 .886 1.0 1.1 .52 .07 4.4
Jerome Kersey 45 0 15.5 .340 .214 .429 2.9 .9 .82 .31 3.2
Gerard King 19 0 3.3 .429 .000 .611 .7 .2 .11 .05 1.2
Will Perdue 37 1 12.0 .633 .000 .538 3.7 .5 .24 .27 2.4
David Robinson 49 49 31.7 .509 .000 .658 10.0 2.1 1.41 2.43 15.8
Malik Rose 47 0 12.9 .463 .000 .671 3.9 .6 .85 .47 6.0
Brandon Williams 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .500 .3 .0 .00 .00 .7

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Antonio Daniels 15 0 7.1 .429 .667 .833 .7 1.1 .27 .00 1.8
Tim Duncan 17 17 43.1 .511 .000 .748 11.5 2.8 .76 2.65 23.2
Mario Elie 17 17 30.9 .384 .267 .837 3.5 2.9 1.29 .12 7.9
Sean Elliott 17 17 33.8 .444 .400 .763 3.4 2.6 .53 .24 11.9
Jaren Jackson 17 0 20.3 .382 .360 .692 2.4 1.1 .76 .00 8.2
Avery Johnson 17 17 38.4 .487 .333 .681 2.5 7.4 1.18 .06 12.6
Steve Kerr 11 0 8.8 .267 .231 .833 .8 .7 .18 .00 2.2
Jerome Kersey 14 0 10.9 .349 .250 .714 2.1 .3 .43 .07 2.6
Gerard King 8 0 1.8 .500 .000 .000 .5 .1 .00 .12 .5
Will Perdue 12 0 7.2 .545 .000 .500 2.3 .0 .00 .08 1.1
David Robinson 17 17 35.3 .483 .000 .722 9.9 2.5 1.65 2.35 15.6
Malik Rose 17 0 11.4 .368 .000 .692 2.3 .2 .41 .24 2.7

NBA FinalsEdit

The 1999 NBA Finals saw some firsts for both the Spurs and the opposing New York Knicks.

The Spurs:

  • Became the first former ABA team to play and win in an NBA Finals.
  • Attracted record crowds for the two games at the Alamodome. Attendance was 39,514 for Game 1 and 39,554 for Game 2 (the largest crowd to see an NBA Finals game).
  • Steve Kerr became the first non-Celtic to win four straight championships, as he won titles with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998.

The Knicks became the first (and to this date, the only) 8th seed to ever play in an NBA Finals.

SummaryEdit

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Wins
San Antonio (West) 89 80 81 96 78 4
New York (East) 77 67 89 89 77 1

With time running out in Game 5, and the 1999 championship on the line, the Spurs looked to Avery Johnson as he hit a long clutch 2 from the corner with 47 seconds to go, giving the Spurs a 1-point lead. It was considered one of the franchise's best moments since the first 26 years in San Antonio.

ScheduleEdit

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. So far, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format.

Award winnersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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