2002–03 San Antonio Spurs season

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2002–03 San Antonio Spurs season
Midwest Division Champions
Second NBA Championship
David Robinson's final season
Head coach Gregg Popovich
Owner(s) Peter Holt
Arena SBC Center
Results
Record 60–22 (.732)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Southwest, KENS, KRRT
Radio KLEY
< 2001–02 2003–04 >

The 2002–03 San Antonio Spurs season is the 36th season of the franchise, 30th in San Antonio and 27th in the NBA. The Spurs would win 60 games for only the second time in franchise history as they attempted to win a second title in the midst of David Robinson's imminent retirement following this season.

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 26 John Salmons SG/SF  United States Miami
2 55 Luis Scola F  Argentina TAU Cerámica (Spain)
2 56 Randy Holcomb F  United States San Diego State

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C David Robinson Kevin Willis Mengke Bateer
PF Tim Duncan Malik Rose Danny Ferry
SF Bruce Bowen
SG Stephen Jackson Manu Ginóbili Steve Smith
PG Tony Parker Speedy Claxton Steve Kerr

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 60 22 .732 33–8 27–14 17–7
x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732 33–8 27–14 18–6
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 51 31 .622 9 33–8 18–23 15–9
x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 13 29–12 18–23 15–9
Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 17 28–13 15–26 11–13
Memphis Grizzlies 28 54 .341 32 20–21 8–33 5–17
Denver Nuggets 17 65 .207 43 13–28 4–37 3–21


Game log[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 1–1; Home: 0–0; Road: 1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
1 29 October 2002 Spurs 87–82 Lakers NA Malik Rose (14) 1–0
2 30 October 2002 Spurs 98–106 Warriors NA Tim Duncan (24) 1–1

November[edit]

Record: 10–6; Home: 6–2; Road: 4–4

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
3 1 November 2002 Raptors 72–91 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (22) 2–1
4 4 November 2002 Spurs 103–101 Grizzlies 1 Tim Duncan (29) 3–1
5 5 November 2002 Warriors 73–93 Spurs NA Tony Parker (21) 4–1
6 9 November 2002 Blazers 95-76 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (16) 4–2
7 11 November 2002 Timberwolves 75-91 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (20) 5–2
8 13 November 2002 Spurs 82–91 Nets NA Tim Duncan (21) 5–3
9 14 November 2002 Spurs 94–99 76ers NA Tim Duncan (29) 5–4
10 16 November 2002 Spurs 90–77 Cavaliers NA Bruce Bowen (14) 6–4
11 18 November 2002 Cavaliers 78–104 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (25) 7–4
12 20 November 2002 Lakers 88–95 Spurs NA Stephen Jackson (28) 8–4
13 22 November 2002 Grizzlies 86–95 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (28) 9–4
14 24 November 2002 SuperSonics 91–90 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (22) 9–5
15 26 November 2002 Spurs 81–85 Nuggets NA Tim Duncan (18) 9–6
16 27 November 2002 Nuggets 68–99 Spurs NA Stephen Jackson (22) 10–6
17 29 November 2002 Spurs 87–94 Suns NA Tim Duncan (31) 10–7
18 30 November 2002 Jazz 85–107 Spurs NA Stephen Jackson (17) 11–7

December[edit]

Record: 8–6; Home: 5–1; Road: 3–5

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
19 3 December 2002 Spurs 75–89 Rockets NA Tim Duncan (25) 11–8
20 6 December 2002 76ers 93–98 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (29) 12–8
21 8 December 2002 Kings 104–80 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (16) 12–9
22 11 December 2002 Mavericks 104–111 Spurs NA Tony Parker (32) 13–9
23 13 December 2002 Clippers 84–97 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (25) 14–9
24 16 December 2002 Spurs 79–91 Clippers NA Tim Duncan (32) 14–10
25 18 December 2002 Spurs 91–88 SuperSonics NA Tony Parker (22) 15–10
26 19 December 2002 Spurs 83–81 Kings NA Tim Duncan (23) 16–10
27 21 December 2002 Wizards 81–92 Spurs NA Tony Parker (21) 17–10
28 23 December 2002 Hornets 94–99 Spurs 1 Tim Duncan (23) 18–10
29 27 December 2002 Spurs 79–81 Hawks NA Tim Duncan (27) 18–11
30 28 December 2002 Spurs 109–95 Bulls NA Tony Parker (32) 19–11
31 30 December 2002 Spurs 95–96 Knicks NA Tim Duncan (31) 19–12
32 31 December 2002 Spurs 103–105 Wizards NA Tim Duncan (35) 19–13

January[edit]

Record: 11–3; Home: 5–1; Road: 6–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
33 3 January 2003 Warriors 95–98 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (37) 20–13
34 5 January 2003 Spurs 94–86 Clippers NA Tony Parker (26) 21–13
35 8 January 2003 Spurs 106–95 SuperSonics NA Tim Duncan (23) 22–13
36 9 January 2003 Spurs 87–90 Blazers NA Stephen Jackson (18) 22–14
37 12 January 2003 Celtics 80–81 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (21) 23–14
38 14 January 2003 Suns 100–108 Spurs 1 Tim Duncan (38) 24–14
39 17 January 2003 Hawks 93–106 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (27) 25–14
40 20 January 2003 Rockets 82–87 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (32) 26–14
41 22 January 2003 Grizzlies 98–93 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (30) 26–15
42 24 January 2003 Spurs 91–90 Jazz NA Tim Duncan (29) 27–15
43 25 January 2003 Pistons 76–108 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (22) 28–15
44 27 January 2003 Spurs 95–106 Timberwolves NA Tony Parker (19) 28–16
45 29 January 2003 Spurs 106–97 Pacers NA Tony Parker (28) 29–16
46 31 January 2003 Spurs 109–108 Magic NA Tim Duncan (23) 30–16

February[edit]

Record: 9–1; Home: 3–0; Road: 6–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
47 1 February 2003 Spurs 67–65 Heat NA Tony Parker (18) 31–16
48 5 February 2003 Spurs 103–99 Warriors NA Tim Duncan (30) 32–16
49 6 February 2003 Spurs 83–74 Nuggets NA Tim Duncan (25) 33–16
50 11 February 2003 Spurs 116–111 Blazers 1 Tim Duncan (36) 34–16
51 14 February 2003 Spurs 103–95 Lakers NA Tim Duncan (28) 35–16
52 16 February 2003 Spurs 104–101 Kings NA Tim Duncan (34) 36–16
53 18 February 2003 Nuggets 76–101 Spurs NA Bruce Bowen (18) 37–16
54 20 February 2003 Spurs 87–95 Mavericks NA Malik Rose (25) 37–17
55 22 February 2003 Pacers 96–105 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (21) 38–17
56 25 February 2003 Heat 69–84 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (17) 39–17

March[edit]

Record: 14–3; Home: 9–3; Road: 5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
57 1 March 2003 Kings 100–108 Spurs NA Tony Parker (32) 40–17
58 2 March 2003 Spurs 97–88 Rockets NA Manu Ginóbili (20) 41–17
59 4 March 2003 Suns 104–97 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (35) 41–18
60 6 March 2003 Nets 78–92 Spurs NA Two-way tie (21) 42–18
61 9 March 2003 Spurs 94–78 Celtics NA Tim Duncan (18) 43–18
62 11 March 2003 Spurs 105–102 Bucks NA Malik Rose (34) 44–18
63 12 March 2003 Spurs 111–99 Timberwolves NA Stephen Jackson (22) 45–18
64 14 March 2003 Clippers 96–107 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (24) 46–18
65 16 March 2003 Bulls 97–108 Spurs NA Tony Parker (25) 47–18
66 18 March 2003 Knicks 105–97 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (27) 47–19
67 20 March 2003 Spurs 112–110 Mavericks 1 Tim Duncan (25) 48–19
68 21 March 2003 Timberwolves 101–94 Spurs 1 Tim Duncan (29) 48–20
69 23 March 2003 Spurs 98–89 Lakers NA Tim Duncan (27) 49–20
70 25 March 2003 Bucks 94–107 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (31) 50–20
71 27 March 2003 Rockets 87–95 Spurs NA Stephen Jackson (27) 51–20
72 29 March 2003 Jazz 81–101 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (30) 52–20
73 30 March 2003 Spurs 92–90 Hornets NA Tim Duncan (33) 53–20

April[edit]

Record: 7–2; Home: 3–1; Road: 6–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
74 1 April 2003 Magic 105–118 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (20) 54–20
75 2 April 2003 Spurs 105–87 Grizzlies NA Tim Duncan (33) 55–20
76 4 April 2003 Spurs 124–98 Raptors NA Malik Rose (23) 56–20
77 6 April 2003 Spurs 89–83 Pistons NA Tim Duncan (25) 57–20
78 9 April 2003 Blazers 95–103 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (17) 58–20
79 11 April 2003 SuperSonics 86–94 Spurs NA Malik Rose (20) 59–20
80 13 April 2003 Spurs 85–92 Suns NA Malik Rose (18) 59–21
81 14 April 2003 Spurs 91–83 Jazz NA Tony Parker (25) 60–21
82 16 April 2003 Mavericks 93–72 Spurs NA Steve Smith (11) 60–22

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Phoenix Suns Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Western Conference First Round (Phoenix won 3-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHO-SAS)

Venue TV Time Recap
1* April 19 Phoenix 96 San Antonio 95 1-0 SBC Center, San Antonio ESPN 5:30 EDT/4:30CT Recap
2 April 21 Phoenix 76 San Antonio 84 1–1 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 7:30 EDT/6:30CT Recap
3 April 25 San Antonio 99 Phoenix 86 1–2 America West Arena, Phoenix NBA TV 10:00 EDT/8:00MT Recap
4 April 27 San Antonio 84 Phoenix 86 2–2 America West Arena, Phoenix TNT 10:30 EDT/8:30MT Recap
5 April 29 Phoenix 82 San Antonio 94 2–3 SBC Center, San Antonio NBA TV 8:30 EDT/7:30CT Recap
6 May 1 San Antonio 87 Phoenix 85 2–4 America West Arena, Phoenix TBS 10:30 EDT/8:30MT Recap
San Antonio wins series 4–2

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 2002 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(LAL-SAS)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 5 L.A. Lakers 82 San Antonio 87 0–1 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
2 May 7 L.A. Lakers 95 San Antonio 114 0–2 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
3 May 9 San Antonio 95 L.A. Lakers 110 1–2 Staples Center, Los Angeles TNT 10:30 EDT/7:30PT Recap
4 May 11 San Antonio 95 L.A. Lakers 99 2–2 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC 3:30 EDT/12:30PT Recap
5 May 13 L.A. Lakers 94 San Antonio 96 2–3 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:30 EDT/8:30CT Recap
6 May 15 San Antonio 110 L.A. Lakers 82 2–4 Staples Center, Los Angeles ABC 8:00 EDT/6:00PT Recap
San Antonio wins series 4–2

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks Last Playoff Meeting: 2001 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(DAL-SAS)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 19 Dallas 113 San Antonio 110 1-0 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
2 May 21 Dallas 106 San Antonio 119 1–1 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 8:30 EDT/7:30CT Recap
3 May 23 San Antonio 96 Dallas 83 1–2 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
4 May 25 San Antonio 102 Dallas 95 1–3 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
5 May 27 Dallas 103 San Antonio 91 2–3 SBC Center, San Antonio TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
6 May 29 San Antonio 90 Dallas 78 2–4 American Airlines Center, Dallas TNT 9:00 EDT/8:00CT Recap
San Antonio wins Western Conference Championship series 4–2

Player stats[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mengke Bateer 12 0 3.8 .235 .333 .000 .8 .3 .00 .00 .8
Bruce Bowen 82 82 31.3 .466 .441 .404 2.9 1.4 .80 .51 7.1
Speedy Claxton 30 0 15.7 .462 .000 .684 1.9 2.5 .73 .23 5.8
Tim Duncan 81 81 39.3 .513 .273 .710 12.9 3.9 .68 2.93 23.3
Danny Ferry 64 1 9.4 .355 .350 .769 1.2 .3 .11 .14 1.9
Manu Ginóbili 69 5 20.7 .438 .345 .737 2.3 2.0 1.39 .25 7.6
Stephen Jackson 80 58 28.2 .435 .320 .760 3.6 2.3 1.56 .38 11.8
Steve Kerr 75 0 12.7 .430 .395 .882 .8 .9 .36 .04 4.0
Tony Parker 82 82 33.8 .464 .337 .755 2.6 5.3 .87 .05 15.5
David Robinson 64 64 26.2 .469 .000 .710 7.9 1.0 .81 1.73 8.5
Malik Rose 79 13 24.5 .459 .400 .791 6.4 1.6 .72 .51 10.4
Steve Smith 53 18 19.5 .388 .331 .833 1.9 1.3 .53 .17 6.8
Kevin Willis 71 6 11.8 .479 .000 .614 3.2 .3 .28 .28 4.2

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bruce Bowen 24 24 31.3 .372 .438 .548 2.9 1.6 .83 .71 6.9
Speedy Claxton 24 0 13.6 .438 .000 .750 1.9 1.9 .67 .21 5.2
Tim Duncan 24 24 42.5 .529 .000 .677 15.4 5.3 .63 3.29 24.7
Danny Ferry 16 1 6.3 .286 .286 .000 1.4 .4 .13 .00 1.3
Manu Ginóbili 24 0 27.5 .386 .384 .757 3.8 2.9 1.71 .38 9.4
Stephen Jackson 24 24 33.8 .414 .336 .803 4.1 2.7 1.38 .38 12.8
Steve Kerr 10 0 4.6 .636 .833 .750 .3 .6 .10 .00 2.2
Tony Parker 24 24 33.9 .403 .268 .713 2.8 3.5 .92 .13 14.7
David Robinson 23 23 23.4 .542 .000 .667 6.6 .9 .78 1.35 7.8
Malik Rose 24 0 23.3 .419 .000 .766 5.8 1.0 .67 .46 9.3
Steve Smith 9 0 7.3 .208 .167 1.000 .8 .7 .11 .00 1.8
Kevin Willis 18 0 5.1 .525 1.000 1.000 1.7 .1 .06 .06 2.6

NBA finals[edit]

The Spurs visit the White House after their championship in 2003.

San Antonio Spurs roster[edit]

Coach: Gregg Popovich
Tim Duncan | David Robinson | Stephen Jackson | Malik Rose | Tony Parker | Manu Ginóbili | Bruce Bowen | Steve Smith | Speedy Claxton | Kevin Willis | Steve Kerr | Danny Ferry | Devin Brown | Anthony Goldwire | Mengke Bateer

Summary[edit]

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Wins
San Antonio (West) 101 85 84 76 93 88 4
New Jersey (East) 89 87 79 77 83 77 2

Schedule[edit]

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. So far, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format.

Game 4 at Continental Airlines Arena was not a sell out as it took place 48 hours after it hosted the New Jersey Devils third Stanley Cup celebration in 9 years, following their 3-0 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. By winning the NBA championship, the Spurs denied New Jersey from having both NBA and NHL championships in the same year.

Award winners[edit]

References[edit]