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San Antonio Spurs: All-time NBA Finals record

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 15: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrates winning the 2014 NBA Championship after Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on June 15, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 15: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrates winning the 2014 NBA Championship after Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on June 15, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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How well have the San Antonio Spurs performed in the NBA Finals? Let’s look back at their history.

Around this time of the year, the NBA Finals take place. It’s the deciding series between one Eastern Conference team and one Western Conference team. This is not an unusual spot for the San Antonio Spurs, who have made multiple trips to the final stage of the postseason.

The Spurs last made it to the NBA Finals in 2014, with a series victory over LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, 4-1. It was a contrast from 2013’s seven-game series between these teams.

Along with these series, the Silver and Black sit at 19-11 in the NBA Finals. For series per series, they are 5-1; the only loss came in the aforementioned Heat matchup. Its history played out like this:

  • 1999: 4-1 win vs. the New York Knicks
  • 2003: 4-2 win vs. the New Jersey Nets
  • 2005: 4-3 win vs. the Detroit Pistons
  • 2007: 4-0 win vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2013: 4-3 loss vs. the Miami Heat
  • 2014: 4-1 win vs. the Miami Heat

The Spurs had to go through a Jason Kidd-led Nets team, Patrick Ewing near the end of his Knicks career, a defensive-minded squad in Detroit, a young LeBron  and back-to-back years of Miami’s “Big Three.” It’s quite a set of teams to go through.

That’s not to mention the Western Conference teams who preceded the finals. In the early 2000’s, it was the Kobe BryantShaquille O’Neal Lakers and a few vicious battles with Mike D’Antoni‘s Phoenix Suns.

San Antonio will not add to its NBA Finals resume in 2018. If Kawhi Leonard returns for the 2018-19 season, he would put this team, who won 60 games with him in 2016-17, in an interesting spot. Could they aim for a title in June 2019?

Next: 2018 NBA Mock Draft: SAS edition

Which series was the most impressive of the five for the Spurs? Do you remember one more than the rest?

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