The Five Best San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff Moments
The Spurs dynasty may or may not be coming to an end, but here's a look back at some of the best playoff moments over the past eleven years
5. Bowen Drops Six Threes to Beat the Lakers
Known primarily as a defensive pest, Bruce Bowen came out of nowhere to hit six three pointers in the 2003 Western Conference Semi-Finals, sealing the victory for the Spurs and giving them a commanding 2-0 lead.
The Spurs would go on to win the series and eventually win the second of their four world championships
4.Tim Duncan Hits a Three to Send the Game into Overtime
The score was 101 to 104 in favor of the suns with the clock winding down. Manu Ginobili scrambles around the court trying to create a shot but is forced to dish the ball out to a wide open Tim Duncan standing behind the three point line. Nobody came out to guard Duncan so he drills his first three pointer of the season to to tie the game with 7.6 seconds.
One of the most Iconic moments in Spurs history is the rare emotional fist pump displayed by Duncan after hitting that shot.
The game would go into to overtime. The Spurs would also go on to win the game and the 2008 semi finals
3.Avery Johnson Hits Title Clinching Three in 1999
Before he left the Spurs to go play/coach the rivaled Mavericks, Avery Johnson played point guard for the San Antonio Spurs.
With 47 seconds left to play, Johnson gave the Spurs a 78 to 77 lead by hitting a wide open three pointer.
On the Knicks next possession, Latrell Sprewell missed a mid-range jump shot from the right corner to seal the series and the first Spurs championship
2.Kerr Hits Four Threes in the Fourth Quarter
The Spurs were faced with a twelve point deficit entering the fourth quarter of game six if the 2003 Western Conference finals against the Mavericks.
Off the bench comes the surprising savior of the game and possibly the series, Steve Kerr.
He hit four clutch threes to help drop the Mavs and win the series. The Spurs would advance to the finals and they would defeat New Jersey Nets to win their second championship.
1. Memorial Day Miracle
May 31, 1999.
The Spurs were playing the Portland Trailblazers in game two of the Western Conference Finals. After a close game one, the Spurs found themselves up 1-0 in the series.
The Spurs found themselves down 18 points in the third quarter. However, they quickly swung the momentum and tied the game within one minute left to play.
Sean Elliot fouls future Spur Damon Stoudamire with 12 seconds left. Stoudamire would sink both free throws to give the Trail Blazers an 85 to 83 advantage.
On the Spurs next possession, Mario Elie in bounds the ball to Sean Elliott who was streaking towards the right side wing. Elliott immediately elevates to shoot with his heels almost out of bounds. Despite Rasheed Wallace running at him with both arms extended, Elliot drains the shot, giving the Spurs an 86 to 85 lead.
The Spurs held on to their lead for the last nine seconds and won the game. They would go on to sweep the Trail Blazers and then beat the Knicks in the finals to win their first of four championships.