San Antonio Spurs History

The Most Surprising Spurs Performance in Each Championship Run

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2003: Steve Kerr's heroics perfectly cap off a winner's career

If you've been reading my work at Air Alamo for a while, the chances are high you've seen me gush about Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Finals at some point. From my placement of Steve Kerr in the top 25 when ranking Spurs' playoff rosters to re-visiting his heroics after reading his book, it's no secret I can never get enough of talking about this game.

To quickly break it down, San Antonio was on the ropes in Dallas and facing a winner-take-all Game 7 when they fell behind 63-48 to the Mavericks on the road. With Tony Parker sidelined due to food poisoning, Kerr was brought into the game with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter. Then this happened.

Kerr's 4-of-4 performance from downtown came in a postseason in which he'd played 13 total minutes up until that point. As a result of the exhilarating shooting display, the Spurs mounted a furious comeback that led to another NBA Finals appearance. Kerr and David Robinson would both retire at 37 years old as NBA champions after the Spurs knocked out the New Jersey Nets in six games.