The San Antonio Spurs are a lot of things this year. Being strong on their home court is near the top of their accolades.
The National Basketball Association's best overall (57-13) and home records (33-3!!!) belong to the Spurs.
At a time when the East's top three are all jockeying for position and home-court advantage in the playoffs, the Spurs are quietly on cruise control in the West with an insurmountable 6.5-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Lakers. While no one knows who the East's home court will belong to, there's little doubt that the Spurs will secure that right for themselves for as long as they exist in the West.
The benefits of home-court advantage are numerous. On top of the obvious reasons, like playing in front of your home fans and being comfortable with the hoops, home court is a huge advantage because players get to conduct their usual routines and sleep in their own beds. When in a high-pressure situation like the NBA playoffs, familiarity and routine are the best friends of creatures of habit like professional athletes.
The Spurs' hard work on the hardwood of the AT&T Center has put them in the rarefied air of the NBA's best-ever home records. Where does the 2011 AT&T Center rank among the best home courts of all-time?
With five home games remaining before the playoffs begin, here is the Spurs' place in the top 10 home teams of the last 30 years.