Spurs are champions!
On this day in 1999, the San Antonio Spurs captured their first National Basketball Association championship by winning game five of the NBA finals against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Led by the “Twin Towers” of center David Robinson and forward Tim Duncan, the Spurs became the first of the former ABA (American Basketball Association) teams to win an NBA title. Duncan was named the most valuable player of the series. The Spurs had racked up a 37-13 record in the 1998-99 regular season, which was shortened due to a labor dispute. The city of San Antonio honored the team with a parade on the San Antonio River and ensuing rally at the Alamodome. In 2003 the Spurs battled the New Jersey Nets, another former ABA team, and clinched their second world championship in San Antonio at the team’s new facility, the SBC Center. Once again Duncan was named MVP.