Spurs' win over Trail Blazers made unprecedented NBA history
By Josh Paredes
Plenty of history was made around the NBA on Thursday, and the San Antonio Spurs were part of it.
The Memphis Grizzlies put up a franchise record 152 points and set a new NBA record with a 73-point win while the Phoenix Suns set their own franchise record with 18 streak wins. Meanwhile, the Spurs' 114-83 victory gave them their own impressive feat.
Having won four of the last five matchups, the Portland Trail Blazers had tied the all-time head-to-head series with the Spurs heading into this season at 88-88. Now San Antonio stands alone as the only team to boast a winning record against all 29 other teams.
The Tim Duncan era is certainly to thank for such a dominant achievement, as he led the Spurs to 50 or more wins for 18 of his 19 seasons (with the lockout season being the only omission).
There are some staggeringly lopsided all-time records as a result of San Antonio's dynastic run through the league in the last two decades. They own a 125-60 record over the Sacramento Kings and a 112-63 record over Golden State, for instance.
The Spurs' historic mark could be in jeopardy
The Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers are the only teams close to the Spurs when it comes to all-time series wins, and the Lakers could stop this achievement as early as December 23rd when they look to tie the series at 90. The Spurs have already dropped two games to Los Angeles this season. San Antonio plays the Lakers again on March 7th to close out the season series.
Meanwhile, the Blazers will have a chance to tie the series on March 23rd and could pull ahead in the all-time series if they win that one and the season series finale on April 1st.
Given the current state of the team, there's a decent chance the Spurs might not hang onto this achievement for much longer, but it's still a testament to just how long they've been such a force in the league.
The San Antonio Spurs sit with a current all-time record of 2,234 wins and 1,407 losses since joining the NBA.