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2003–04 San Antonio Spurs season

The 2003-04 NBA season was the Spurs' 28th season in the National Basketball Association, the 31st in San Antonio, and 37th season as a franchise.[1]

2003–04 San Antonio Spurs season
Head coachGregg Popovich
ArenaSBC Center
Results
Record57–25 (.695)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Midwest)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Conference Semifinals
(Lost to Lakers 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Net Southwest, KENS, KRRT,
< 2002–03 2004–05 >
The San Antonio Spurs hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals at the SBC Center.

The Spurs entered the season as defending NBA champions, having defeated the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals in six games to win their second NBA championship. During the offseason, David Robinson, Danny Ferry, and Steve Kerr retired, Speedy Claxton signed with the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Jackson signed with the Atlanta Hawks, and Steve Smith signed with the New Orleans Hornets; in addition, the Spurs acquired Hedo Türkoğlu and Ron Mercer in a three-team trade, signed free agent Robert Horry (who had won championships with the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers) and signed other free agents such as center Radoslav Nesterović.[2] Despite the retirement of Robinson, and despite having a won-loss percentage of approximately .500 in November, the Spurs posted a 13-game winning streak in January and won their final eleven games of the season. The team finished second in the Midwest Division with a 57–25 record. Two-time MVP Tim Duncan was selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game.

The Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in four straight games in the first round of the playoffs. Although the Spurs took the first two games in a second-round rematch against the Los Angeles Lakers (the team they had eliminated in the previous season's Western Conference Semifinals), the Lakers, led by their "big four" of Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Gary Payton, responded by taking the next four games to eliminate the defending champions. The Lakers went on to reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games.

Following the season, Turkoglu signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic and Kevin Willis signed with the Atlanta Hawks.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 28 Leandro Barbosa G   Brazil

RosterEdit

San Antonio Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 12   Bowen, Bruce 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Cal State Fullerton
G 23   Brown, Devin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Texas–San Antonio
G 3   Carroll, Matt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Notre Dame
F/C 21   Duncan, Tim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Wake Forest
G 10   Garcia, Alex   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Brazil
G 20   Ginóbili, Manu 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Argentina
G 1   Hart, Jason 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Syracuse
F 5   Horry, Robert 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Alabama
C 8   Nesterović, Rasho 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Slovenia
G 9   Parker, Tony 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) France
F 31   Rose, Malik 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Drexel
F 14   Türkoğlu, Hedo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Turkey
G 17   Ward, Charlie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Florida State
F/C 42   Willis, Kevin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Michigan State
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-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707 31–10 27–14 14–10
x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1 33–8 24–17 15–9
x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6 36–5 16–25 14–10
x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8 31–10 19–22 12–12
x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13 27–14 18–23 8–16
x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15 29–12 14–27 11–13
Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16 28–13 14–27 10–14
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Minnesota Timberwolves 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-San Antonio Spurs 57 25 .695 1
4 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 52 30 .634 6
6 x-Memphis Grizzlies 50 32 .610 8
7 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
8 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 15
9 Utah Jazz 42 40 .512 16
10 Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 17
11 Seattle SuperSonics 37 45 .451 21
12 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 21
13 Phoenix Suns 29 53 .354 29
14 Los Angeles Clippers 28 54 .341 30


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

Record vs. opponentsEdit

2003-04 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Boston 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1
Chicago 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–2
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–0
Detroit 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0
Golden State 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–0
Indiana 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
L.A. Clippers 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0
Memphis 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–0
Miami 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–0
Milwaukee 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0
New Orleans 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 3–1
New York 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 4–0
Philadelphia 2–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–1
Toronto 3–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1
Washington 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1

Game logEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2003–04 game log
Total: 57–25 (Home: 33–8; Road: 24–17)
2003–04 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Memphis Grizzlies: Spurs win series 4–0

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

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs: Lakers win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 2003 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-2)

Player statisticsEdit

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% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bruce Bowen 82 82 32.0 .420 .363 .579 3.1 1.4 1.0 .4 6.9
Devin Brown 58 0 10.8 .434 .286 .811 2.2 .6 .3 .1 4.0
Matt Carroll 3 0 7.3 .400 .500 1.0 .3 .3 .0 2.0
Anthony Carter 5 2 17.4 .297 .000 2.2 2.4 .8 .0 4.4
Tim Duncan 69 68 36.6 .501 .167 .599 12.4 3.1 .9 2.7 22.3
Alex Garcia 2 0 6.5 .143 .500 .0 .0 1.0 .0 1.5
Manu Ginóbili 77 38 29.4 .418 .359 .802 4.5 3.8 1.8 .2 12.8
Jason Hart 53 5 12.5 .447 .222 .767 1.5 1.5 .5 .1 3.3
Shane Heal 6 0 12.0 .292 .222 .800 .7 .8 .2 .0 3.7
Robert Horry 81 1 15.9 .405 .380 .645 3.4 1.2 .6 .6 4.8
Ron Mercer 39 0 13.2 .427 .286 .765 1.3 .6 .4 .1 5.0
Rasho Nesterovic 82 82 28.7 .469 .474 7.7 1.4 .6 2.0 8.7
Tony Parker 75 75 34.4 .447 .312 .702 3.2 5.5 .8 .1 14.7
Malik Rose 67 13 18.7 .428 .000 .813 4.8 1.0 .5 .4 7.9
Hedo Turkoglu 80 44 25.9 .406 .419 .708 4.5 1.9 1.0 .4 9.2
Charlie Ward 36 0 11.8 .346 .368 .667 1.3 1.3 .5 .1 3.3
Kevin Willis 48 0 7.8 .467 .000 .615 2.0 .2 .4 .2 3.4

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bruce Bowen 10 10 29.8 .365 .379 .231 2.9 1.0 .4 .3 6.0
Devin Brown 9 0 14.4 .486 .600 .588 2.0 1.0 .3 .1 5.8
Tim Duncan 10 10 40.5 .522 .000 .632 11.3 3.2 .8 2.0 22.1
Manu Ginóbili 10 0 28.0 .447 .286 .818 5.3 3.1 1.7 .1 13.0
Jason Hart 7 0 8.9 .550 .4 .1 .7 .0 3.1
Robert Horry 10 0 21.1 .465 .364 .929 6.3 .9 .8 .2 6.1
Rasho Nesterovic 10 10 26.1 .433 .000 .167 5.5 1.0 .3 1.1 5.9
Tony Parker 10 10 38.6 .429 .395 .657 2.1 7.0 1.3 .1 18.4
Malik Rose 7 0 8.3 .250 .000 .500 2.4 .9 .6 .3 1.4
Hedo Turkoglu 10 10 27.1 .321 .333 .611 4.5 1.5 .9 .1 7.7
Charlie Ward 5 0 2.6 .667 1.000 .0 .2 .4 .0 2.2
Kevin Willis 7 0 3.6 .375 .000 .000 .9 .0 .1 .0 .9

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit