2004–05 San Antonio Spurs season

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2004–05 San Antonio Spurs season
Third NBA title
Head coach Gregg Popovich
Owner(s) Peter Holt
Arena SBC Center
Results
Record 59–23 (.720)
Place Division: 1st (Southwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Southwest, KENS, KRRT
Radio KLEY
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The 2004-05 NBA season was the Spurs' 29th season in the NBA, the 32nd in San Antonio, and 38th season as a franchise.[1]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 28 Beno Udrih G  Slovenia Breil Milano (Italy)
2 52 Romain Sato G  Central African Republic Xavier
2 57 Sergei Karaulov C  Uzbekistan Sakha-Yakutia Yakutsk

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Nazr Mohammed Rasho Nesterović
PF Tim Duncan Robert Horry Sean Marks
SF Bruce Bowen Glenn Robinson Tony Massenburg Linton Johnson
SG Manu Ginóbili Brent Barry Devin Brown
PG Tony Parker Beno Udrih Mike Wilks

Regular season[edit]

Overview[edit]

After their disappointing second round collapse to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs looked to regain the NBA crown. They would get off to a quick start, posting a 12-3 record in November. The Spurs would stay hot through December as they established a 25-6 record entering the New Year. The Spurs would be near the top in the Western Conference all season battling the Phoenix Suns for the best record in the NBA. Just as it appeared the Spurs would cruise toward the playoffs, their season suddenly hit a bump in the road when Tim Duncan went down in a March 20 loss to the Detroit Pistons with a sprained ankle. The rest of the way, the Spurs would limp home winning 9 of their last 17 as they held on to the Southwest Division by just 1 game with a 59-23 record.

Standings[edit]

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 38–3 21–20 10–6
x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 1 29–12 29–12 11–5
x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 8 26–15 25–16 10–6
x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 14 26–15 19–22 7–9
New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 41 11–30 7–34 2–14


Game log[edit]

November[edit]

Record: 12–3; Home: 6–0; Road: 6–3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
1 3 November 2004 Kings 101–85 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (30) 1–0
2 5 November 2004 Spurs 105–96 Lakers NA Tim Duncan (26) 2–0
3 7 November 2004 Spurs 94–113 SuperSonics NA Two-way tie (21) 2–1
4 10 November 2004 Warriors 91-71 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (23) 3–1
5 12 November 2004 Heat 93-84 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (29) 4–1
6 13 November 2004 Spurs 103–88 Hawks NA Tim Duncan (26) 5–1
7 16 November 2004 Knicks 91–81 Spurs NA Tony Parker (18) 6–1
8 18 November 2004 Spurs 88–80 76ers NA Tim Duncan (34) 7–1
9 19 November 2004 Spurs 92–84 Celtics NA Tim Duncan (26) 8–1
10 21 November 2004 Spurs 91–96 Raptors NA Tim Duncan (26) 8–2
11 22 November 2004 Spurs 90–93 Grizzlies NA Tim Duncan (26) 8–3
12 24 November 2004 Mavericks 94–80 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (27) 9–3
13 26 November 2004 Spurs 89–75 Nuggets NA Tim Duncan (23) 10–3
14 27 November 2004 Jazz 109–76 Spurs NA Malik Rose (16) 11–3
15 30 November 2004 Spurs 107–89 Mavericks NA Tim Duncan (20) 12–3

December[edit]

Record: 13–3; Home: 8–1; Road: 5–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
16 1 December 2004 76ers 72–105 Spurs NA Two-way tie (24) 13–3
17 3 December 2004 Pistons 77–80 Spurs NA Tony Parker (20) 14–3
18 4 December 2004 Spurs 104–83 Bucks NA Tim Duncan (20) 15–3
19 6 December 2004 Spurs 91–75 Bulls NA Tony Parker (17) 16–3
20 8 December 2004 SuperSonics 102–96 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (39) 16–4
21 9 December 2004 Spurs 80–81 Rockets NA Tim Duncan (26) 16–5
22 11 December 2004 Cavaliers 97–116 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (34) 17–5
23 15 December 2004 Magic 91–94 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (24) 18–5
24 17 December 2004 Spurs 83–67 Hornets NA Tim Duncan (19) 19–5
25 18 December 2004 Warriors 85–104 Spurs NA Two-way tie (21) 20–5
26 22 December 2004 Spurs 87–93 Magic NA Tim Duncan (24) 20–6
27 23 December 2004 Timberwolves 79–94 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (22) 21–6
28 26 December 2004 Celtics 90–107 Spurs NA Tony Parker (27) 22–6
29 28 December 2004 Suns 94–115 Spurs NA Tony Parker (29) 23–6
30 30 December 2004 Spurs 114–80 Trail Blazers NA Tim Duncan (19) 24–6
31 31 December 2004 Spurs 98–79 Clippers NA Tim Duncan (23) 25–6

January[edit]

Record: 12–4; Home: 9–0; Road: 3–4

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
32 2 January 2005 Spurs 81–86 Kings NA Manu Ginóbili (18) 25–7
33 4 January 2005 Lakers 83–100 Spurs NA Bruce Bowen (24) 26–7
34 6 January 2005 Pacers 98–111 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (27) 27–7
35 8 January 2005 Nuggets 90–99 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (22) 28–7
36 10 January 2005 Spurs 96–97 Jazz NA Tim Duncan (24) 28–8
37 12 January 2005 Bucks 79–94 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (21) 29–8
38 14 January 2005 Mavericks 95–98 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (25) 30–8
39 15 January 2005 Spurs 67–73 Rockets NA Tony Parker (21) 30–9
40 17 January 2005 Wizards 73–101 Spurs NA Devin Brown (24) 31–9
41 19 January 2005 Clippers 79–80 Spurs NA Tony Parker (25) 32–9
42 21 January 2005 Spurs 128–123 Suns 1 Manu Ginóbili (48) 33–9
43 23 January 2005 Spurs 103–73 Kings NA Tim Duncan (23) 34–9
44 24 January 2005 Spurs 99–107 Trail Blazers NA Tim Duncan (24) 34–10
45 27 January 2005 Kings 80–90 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (25) 35–10
46 29 January 2005 Hornets 83–93 Spurs NA Tony Parker (23) 36–10
47 31 January 2005 Spurs 103–84 SuperSonics NA Manu Ginóbili (23) 37–10

February[edit]

Record: 6–3; Home: 1–1; Road: 5–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
48 2 February 2005 Spurs 103–91 Lakers NA Tony Parker (22) 38–10
49 8 February 2005 Spurs 104–85 Bobcats NA Tony Parker (20) 39–10
50 9 February 2005 Spurs 87–95 Wizards NA Tony Parker (22) 39–11
51 11 February 2005 Spurs 101–91 Nets NA Tony Parker (27) 40–11
52 13 February 2005 Spurs 92–96 Heat NA Manu Ginóbili (24) 40–12
53 16 February 2005 Spurs 101-78 Hornets NA Tim Duncan (19) 41-12
54 23 February 2005 Rockets 81-99 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (30) 42-12
55 26 February 2005 Grizzlies 84-82 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (27) 42-13
56 28 February 2005 Spurs 94-92 Cavaliers NA Tim Duncan (20) 43-13

March[edit]

Record: 10-5; Home: 10-1; Road: 0-4

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
57 2 March 2005 Raptors 86-92 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (17) 44-13
58 4 March 2005 Bulls 99-102 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (31) 45-13
59 6 March 2005 Jazz 94-101 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (31) 46-13
60 8 March 2005 Nets 74-90 Spurs NA Devin Brown (22) 47-13
61 9 March 2005 Spurs 101-107 Suns NA Tony Parker (30) 47-14
62 12 March 2005 Nuggets 90-87 Spurs NA Tony Parker (25) 47-15
63 14 March 2005 Hornets 89-112 Spurs NA Beno Udrih (25) 48-15
64 16 March 2005 Timberwolves 73-89 Spurs NA Tim Duncan (25) 49-15
65 18 March 2005 Bobcats 76-93 Spurs NA Tony Parker (24) 50-15
66 20 March 2005 Spurs 101-110 Pistons NA Devin Brown (18) 50-16
67 21 March 2005 Spurs 75-88 Knicks NA Devin Brown (22) 50-17
68 23 March 2005 Spurs 93-100 Pacers NA Brent Barry (17) 50-18
69 25 March 2005 Hawks 95-111 Spurs NA Two-way tie (23) 51-18
70 27 March 2005 Rockets 70-83 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (18) 52-18
71 30 March 2005 SuperSonics 76-89 Spurs NA Tony Parker (28) 53-18

April[edit]

Record: 6-5; Home: 4-0; Road: 2-5

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Leading scorer Record
72 1 April 2005 Spurs 84-102 Nuggets NA Tony Parker (17) 53-19
73 2 April 2005 Lakers 94-95 Spurs NA Brent Barry (20) 54-19
74 6 April 2005 Clippers 82-91 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (16) 55-19
75 7 April 2005 Spurs 68-104 Mavericks NA Brent Barry (12) 55-20
76 9 April 2005 Spurs 125-124 Clippers 2 Manu Ginóbili (40) 56-20
77 10 April 2005 Spurs 136-134 Warriors 2 Tony Parker (35) 57-20
78 12 April 2005 Trail Blazers 89-95 Spurs NA Manu Ginóbili (30) 58-20
79 13 April 2005 Spurs 91-93 Jazz NA Manu Ginóbili (21) 58-21
80 16 April 2005 Grizzlies 97-75 Spurs NA Bruce Bowen (15) 59-21
81 18 April 2005 Spurs 92-94 Grizzlies NA Glenn Robinson (23) 59-22
82 20 April 2005 Spurs 73-95 Timberwolves NA Glenn Robinson (16) 59-23
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

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
Brent Barry 81 8 21.5 .423 .357 .837 2.3 2.2 .48 .25 7.4
Bruce Bowen 82 82 32.0 .420 .403 .634 3.5 1.5 .67 .48 8.2
Devin Brown 67 0 18.5 .423 .372 .792 2.6 1.4 .58 .18 7.4
Tim Duncan 66 66 33.4 .496 .333 .670 11.1 2.7 .68 2.64 20.3
Manu Ginóbili 74 74 29.6 .471 .376 .803 4.4 3.9 1.61 .36 16.0
Dion Glover 7 0 9.7 .364 .125 .800 1.6 .6 .43 .43 3.6
Robert Horry 75 16 18.6 .419 .370 .789 3.6 1.1 .89 .80 6.0
Linton Johnson III 2 0 7.5 .000 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .50 .00 .0
Sean Marks 23 0 10.6 .338 .000 .786 2.4 .3 .13 .48 3.3
Tony Massenburg 61 6 11.5 .407 .000 .762 2.7 .2 .30 .33 3.2
Nazr Mohammed* 23 5 18.0 .387 .000 .571 6.4 .3 .22 1.43 6.2
Rasho Nesterović 70 70 25.5 .460 .000 .467 6.6 1.0 .44 1.67 5.9
Tony Parker 80 80 34.2 .482 .276 .650 3.7 6.1 1.23 .05 16.6
Glenn Robinson 9 0 17.4 .442 .333 .870 2.7 .9 .44 .33 10.0
Beno Udrih 80 2 14.4 .444 .408 .753 1.0 1.9 .51 .13 5.9
Mike Wilks 48 0 5.8 .416 .313 .750 .5 .7 .29 .02 1.7

* Statistics include only games with the Spurs

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brent Barry 23 8 24.1 .457 .424 .810 2.4 1.9 .65 .17 6.1
Bruce Bowen 23 23 35.4 .359 .433 .647 2.9 1.6 .48 .57 5.7
Devin Brown 12 0 5.0 .350 .429 .571 .6 .3 .08 .00 1.8
Tim Duncan 23 23 37.8 .464 .200 .717 12.4 2.7 .35 2.26 23.6
Manu Ginóbili 23 15 33.6 .507 .438 .795 5.8 4.2 1.22 .26 20.8
Robert Horry 23 0 26.9 .448 .447 .732 5.4 2.0 .91 .87 9.3
Tony Massenburg 9 0 3.1 .167 .000 .500 1.2 .0 .00 .00 .3
Nazr Mohammed 23 23 23.0 .528 1.000 .638 6.7 .3 .61 1.00 7.1
Rasho Nesterović 15 0 7.6 .417 .000 .000 1.7 .1 .07 .33 .7
Tony Parker 23 23 37.3 .454 .188 .632 2.9 4.3 .74 .09 17.2
Glenn Robinson 13 0 8.7 .356 .300 .882 1.6 .1 .23 .54 3.8
Beno Udrih 21 0 11.5 .359 .270 .857 .8 1.0 .43 .05 3.7

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Denver Nuggets

April 24
7:00 pm
Denver Nuggets 98, San Antonio Spurs 87
Scoring by quarter: 23–27, 29–25, 21–23, 20–12
Pts: Andre Miller 31
Rebs: Marcus Camby 12
Asts: Andre Miller 5
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 23
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 15
Asts: Tony Parker 6
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bill Spooner, David Jones, Eddie F. Rush
April 27
7:00 pm
Denver Nuggets 76, San Antonio Spurs 104
Scoring by quarter: 18–29, 14–34, 30–23, 14–18
Pts: DeMarr Johnson 12
Rebs: Marcus Camby 12
Asts: Andre Miller 7
Pts: Tim Duncan 24
Rebs: Duncan, Horry 9 each
Asts: Tony Parker 6
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich, Steve Javie
April 30
8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 86, Denver Nuggets 78
Scoring by quarter: 24–20, 26–21, 11–17, 25–20
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 32
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Brent Barry 4
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 19
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Andre Miller 7
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,913
Referees: Dan Crawford, Leon Wood, Scott Foster
May 2
8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 126, Denver Nuggets 115 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 28–29, 29–24, 30–29, 29–27, OT: 19–8
Pts: Tim Duncan 39
Rebs: Tim Duncan 8
Asts: Tony Parker 7
Pts: Earl Boykins 32
Rebs: Marcus Camby 14
Asts: Anthony, Boykins 5 each
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 19,776
Referees: Bennie Adams, Derrick Stafford, Dick Bavetta
May 4
8:30 pm
Denver Nuggets 89, San Antonio Spurs 99
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 22–20, 24–26, 22–28
Pts: Carmelo Anthony 25
Rebs: Marcus Camby 10
Asts: Andre Miller 6
Pts: Tony Parker 21
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 13
Asts: Tony Parker 7
San Antonio wins the series, 4–1
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Mike Callahan

Last Playoffs meeting: 1995 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3–0)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics

May 8
7:00 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 81, San Antonio Spurs 103
Scoring by quarter: 22–35, 13–27, 22–13, 24–28
Pts: Rashard Lewis 19
Rebs: Collison, Evans 7 each
Asts: Luke Ridnour 4
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tim Duncan 5
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, David Jones, Derrick Stafford
May 10
8:30 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 91, San Antonio Spurs 108
Scoring by quarter: 16–28, 26–26, 23–25, 26–29
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Reggie Evans 12
Asts: Antonio Daniels 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 28
Rebs: Nazr Mohammed 10
Asts: Tony Parker 7
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford, James Capers
May 12
7:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 91, Seattle SuperSonics 92
Scoring by quarter: 29–21, 22–28, 24–26, 16–17
Pts: Tim Duncan 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Tony Parker 8
Pts: Ray Allen 20
Rebs: Rashard Lewis 10
Asts: Ray Allen 7
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies, Mark Wunderlich
May 15
4:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 89, Seattle SuperSonics 101
Scoring by quarter: 26–28, 14–18, 26–36, 23–19
Pts: Tim Duncan 35
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Bowen, Parker 3 each
Pts: Ray Allen 32
Rebs: Collison, James, Wilkins 6 each
Asts: Antonio Daniels 7
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Bill Spooner, Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson
May 17
8:30 pm
Seattle SuperSonics 90, San Antonio Spurs 103
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 32–25, 18–28, 22–25
Pts: Ray Allen 19
Rebs: Danny Fortson 9
Asts: Ray Allen 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 39
Rebs: Tim Duncan 14
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Blane Reichelt, Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo
May 19
7:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 98, Seattle SuperSonics 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–25, 32–22, 20–26, 26–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
Pts: Ray Allen 25
Rebs: Reggie Evans 9
Asts: Antonio Daniels 5
San Antonio wins the series, 4–2
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 17,072
Referees: Dan Crawford, Gary Forest, Greg Willard

Last Playoffs meeting: 2002 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3–2)

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs

May 22
12:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 121, Phoenix Suns 114
Scoring by quarter: 30–20, 25–29, 23–33, 43–32
Pts: Tony Parker 29
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 41
Rebs: Marion, Stoudemire 9 each
Asts: Steve Nash 13
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Jack Nies, Jim Clark, Joe Crawford
May 24
6:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 111, Phoenix Suns 108
Scoring by quarter: 31–21, 22–33, 27–31, 31–23
Pts: Tim Duncan 30
Rebs: Duncan, Mohammed 8 each
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 37
Rebs: Shawn Marion 12
Asts: Steve Nash 15
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Ken Mauer
May 28
8:00 pm
Phoenix Suns 92, San Antonio Spurs 102
Scoring by quarter: 29–38, 10–18, 24–24, 29–22
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 34
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 11
Asts: Johnson, Nash 3 each
Pts: Tim Duncan 33
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Tony Parker 7
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson Steve Javie
May 30
7:30 pm
Phoenix Suns 111, San Antonio Spurs 106
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 26–36, 35–21, 24–26
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 31
Rebs: Shawn Marion 14
Asts: Steve Nash 12
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 28
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 7
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Joe DeRosa, Mike Callahan
May 22
6:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 101, Phoenix Suns 95
Scoring by quarter: 24–24, 25–26, 29–20, 23–25
Pts: Tim Duncan 31
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 6
Pts: Amar'e Stoudemire 42
Rebs: Amar'e Stoudemire 16
Asts: Steve Nash 10
San Antonio wins the series, 4–1
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 18,422
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Greg Willard

Last Playoffs meeting: 2003 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 4–2)

NBA finals[edit]

Game One[edit]

June 9, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Detroit Pistons 69, San Antonio Spurs 84
Pts: Billups 25; Hamilton 14; Prince 11
Rebs: B. Wallace 8; R. Wallace 7; McDyess 7
Asts: Billups 6; Prince 4
Blocks: R. Wallace 6
Pts: Ginobili 26; Duncan 24; Parker 15
Rebs: Duncan 17; Ginobili 9; Mohammed 7
Asts: Parker 3; Horry 3; Bowen 2
Spurs lead series 1-0

Manu Ginóbili was widely considered the star of the night, scoring in a virtuoso performance near the end of the game to lead the Spurs to victory. The Pistons were then left 'in the dust', the NBA website reported. Ginobili scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to complement a huge game by Tim Duncan.

Ginobili, a famous Argentine All-Star, already with championship rings from the NBA and Euroleague and an Olympic gold medal (the only player in history with all three), got to work on his second NBA title by taking over in the final period. He scored eight points in a decisive 12-2 surge that gave the Spurs a 67-55 lead, then throttled a push by the Pistons with a swooping dunk, 3-pointer and running hook for an 81-67 advantage with less than two minutes to go.

Having been idle for a week, the Spurs looked weak. With their defense, however, they were able to overcome adversity. Tim Duncan, who had 24 points and 17 rebounds, also contributed. Although the Pistons tend to suddenly come alive in the fourth quarter, the converse was true this game as San Antonio put together a big quarter to take a commanding lead in the game.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 20 17 14 18 69
San Antonio 17 18 20 29 84

Game Two[edit]

June 12, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Detroit Pistons 76, San Antonio Spurs 97
Pts: McDyess 15; Hamilton 14; Billups 13
Rebs: B. Wallace 8; R. Wallace 8; Hamilton 7
Asts: R. Wallace 4; Three others at 3
Pts: Ginobili 27; Duncan 18; Bowen 12
Rebs: Duncan 11; Horry 6; Mohammed 5
Asts: Ginobili- 7; Horry 5; Barry 5
Blocks: Duncan 4
Spurs lead series 2-0

Coming into the game, it seemed as if the resilient Pistons, who survived two elimination games against Miami in the Eastern Finals, would come out strong and give the Spurs a challenge. However, it was the Spurs who came out with a sense of urgency, as they did not want the Pistons to steal a game in San Antonio and take home court advantage away from them. From the opening tip, Game 2 was all San Antonio as the Spurs got out to a quick lead and never looked back.

The Spurs took advantage of Detroit's uncharacteristic mistakes throughout the night, which included missing 9 shots from inside four feet from the basket. While the Pistons went cold from behind the arc, not scoring a single 3-point basket, the Spurs made 11 3-pointers, including 4 each by Manu Ginóbili and Bruce Bowen, who did not score a point in game 1. Ginobili finished the game with a game-high 27 points, while Tim Duncan finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Antonio McDyess was the high scorer for Detroit, scoring 15 points off the bench.

The 2-0 lead proved a daunting challenge to Detroit, historically. In the history of the NBA, in the 153 times when a team with home court advantage was up 2-0 in a series, only seven times has the other team rebounded to win the series.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 19 23 21 13 76
San Antonio 30 28 21 18 97

Game Three[edit]

June 14, 2005
9:00 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs 79, Detroit Pistons 96
Pts: Parker 21; Duncan 14; Bowen 13
Rebs: Duncan 10; Mohammed 7; Horry 5
Asts: Parker 4; Duncan 4; three others at 2
Pts: Hamilton 24; Billups 20; B. Wallace 15
Rebs: B. Wallace 11; McDyess 9 R. Wallace 7
Asts: Billups 7; Prince 5
Blocks: B. Wallace 5
Spurs lead series 2-1

Going into this game, the Pistons were looking to rebound from the deficit.

In the past, only two teams in NBA history had ever won a Finals series after facing a 2-0 deficit — the Boston Celtics in the 1969 NBA Finals and the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1977 NBA Finals — however, the Miami Heat would later accomplish this feat against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.

Despite the tough challenge, the Pistons pulled through, and came out with several key steals and two scoring runs in the third quarter, then netted many insurance points in the fourth to win a big game which was a de facto must-win. Ben Wallace was lauded and commended by many for stepping up to the challenge.

When the end of the game came, and the 96-79 final score flashed upon the screens, many Pistons fans, celebrating in jubilation, started filling the air with confetti and conducted other celebratory customs. That was the first time that the Spurs have given up more than 90 points in a Finals game.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
San Antonio 27 15 23 14 79
Detroit 21 20 29 26 96

Game Four[edit]

Thursday, June 16, 2005, 21:00, at The Palace.

June 16, 2005
9:00 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs 71, Detroit Pistons 102
Pts: Duncan 16; Parker 12; Ginobili 12
Rebs: Duncan 16; Mohammed 5; three others at 4
Asts: Parker 4; Bowen 4; Ginobili 3
Pts: Billups 17; Hunter 17; R. Wallace -14
Rebs: B. Wallace 13; Hamilton 9; R. Wallace 8
Asts: Billups 7; McDyess 5
Note: 7 Pistons players in double point figures
Series tied 2-2

In this game also, as was previously observed in Game 3, the Pistons dominated the Spurs. Reporters began to remark about the tendency in this series for the home team to produce a blowout. Thus far, no game had been decided by less than 15 points.

Seven Pistons scored in double figures, and big games were collected from Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, and all the other élite stars of the franchise.

The outcome was never really in doubt, and the Pistons committed a Finals-record low four turnovers, but even this is often deemed an underestimation of the Pistons' defensive power. The deciding factor appears to have been the lack of possession time for the Spurs. This led to infrequent opportunities to score, and combined with an uncharacteristic scoring slump, the Spurs were only able to manage 71 points. For the second straight game, the Pistons scored more than 90 points against the Spurs.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
San Antonio 17 19 21 14 71
Detroit 23 28 23 28 102

Game Five[edit]

June 19, 2005
9:00 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs 96, Detroit Pistons 95 (OT)
Pts: Duncan 26; Horry 21; Ginobili 15
Rebs: Duncan 19; Horry 7; Ginobili 6
Asts: Ginobili 9; Parker 3; Bowen 3;
Pts: Billups 34; Hamilton 15; B. Wallace 13
Rebs: B. Wallace 12; Prince 9; McDyess 6
Asts: Billups 7; Prince 3
Spurs lead series 3-2

With the first four games of the 2005 Finals being blowouts by the home team, Game 5 was the close game everyone was waiting for, and it went down as one of the more memorable games in Finals history.

The game was closely contested by the two teams throughout the night as the lead changed 12 separate times, and the game was tied on 18 occasions. Regulation was not enough to settle this game, so the game went into overtime. The Pistons streaked out to a quick lead in the first few minutes of overtime, and seemed to have the game in hand. However, a missed opportunity with Detroit up 2 with 9 seconds to go opened the door for San Antonio. On the Spurs' next possession, Robert Horry inbounded the ball to Ginobili, who then gave it back to Horry, who was left wide open, to sink the game winning basket. Horry had previously already been famous for nailing the winning shot in Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Kings.

Horry went 5 for 6 from beyond the arc, including the game-winner, and scored 21 points coming off the bench, after not scoring until the final play of the 3rd quarter. He carried the team in the latter stages of the game as his teammates struggled with nerves that came with the weight of a must-win game on the road against an accomplished adversary. In addition to the game winning three pointer Horry made a spectacular left-handed dunk as the shot clock was winding in one possession, that is one of the highlights of the series. Incidentally, Horry happened to have the most NBA championships of any active player five, and looked to extend that to six.

Tim Duncan, despite struggling from the free-throw line, finished with 26 points and 19 rebounds for the Spurs. Chauncey Billups was the high scorer for the Pistons, finishing with a game high 34 points in the losing effort.

Team 1 2 3 4 OT Tot.
San Antonio 21 21 22 25 7 96
Detroit 23 19 21 26 6 95

Game Six[edit]

June 21, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Detroit Pistons 95, San Antonio Spurs 86
Pts: Hamilton 23; Billups 21; R. Wallace 16
Rebs: B. Wallace 9; Prince 7; Billups 6
Asts: Billups 6; Prince 4
Pts: Ginobili 21; Duncan 21; Parker 15
Rebs: Duncan 15; Ginobili 10; Mohammed 8
Asts: Parker 5; Ginobili 3
Series tied 3-3

Game 6 was a close game all along, and the lead kept fluctuating between the two teams. Again, the leading stars on both teams played big games. Detroit pulled away early in the fourth for an 80-73 lead with five minutes to go, but the Spurs continued to threaten them. Soon, it was back to a one-point game.

Then, Rasheed Wallace planted a three-pointer to pull away, and even with a resilient game by the Spurs, the Pistons had clinched the victory.

Nevertheless, several Pistons free throws were necessary in the final moments of the game to put a win out of reach for the Spurs.

Rasheed Wallace had a big game to atone for the mistake he made for leaving Horry open in Game 5. Despite the fact that his mistake ultimately cost the Pistons the championship, Wallace was nonchalant about the play, even commenting incorrectly that he left Horry to guard Duncan.

Billups and Prince again led the Pistons with steady, unwavering defense, which is the key, as it is often said, to victory. Although Duncan and Ginobili finished with 21 points each, neither was able to seriously threaten the strong Pistons defense enough to win the game. Detroit thus won its fifth consecutive game facing elimination. The Pistons became the first road team to force a Game 7 in the NBA Finals.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 23 23 25 24 95
San Antonio 23 24 20 19 86

Game Seven[edit]

June 23, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Detroit Pistons 74, San Antonio Spurs 81
Pts: Hamilton 15; Billups 13; B. Wallace 12
Rebs: B. Wallace 12; Hamilton 8; McDyess 7
Asts: Billups 8; McDyess 2
Pts: Duncan 25; Ginobili 23; Horry 15
Rebs: Duncan 11; Mohammed 7; Ginobili 5
Asts: Ginobili 4; Duncan 3
Spurs win series 4-3

For the first time in eleven years, the NBA Finals came down to a decisive game. Momentum was on Detroit's side, but the Spurs had home-court advantage. The Pistons were looking to become the first team to ever win the last 2 games on the road, after being down 3-2. The stats were, as expected, heavily in favor of the Spurs. NBA teams are 74-17 all-time at home in Game 7, and 9-0 when leading 3-2 going home.

The game, like the previous two games of the series, was closely contested for the first three quarters. But the Spurs took control in the fourth quarter and never looked back as for the second time in three years, the Spurs celebrated a championship on the SBC Center floor. The Spurs won Game Seven 81-74, winning the franchise's third Larry O'Brien Trophy. For the game, Tim Duncan finished with a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Manu Ginóbili pitched in with 23 points. Richard Hamilton, with 15 points, was the high scorer for the Pistons, who fell just short of winning back to back championships.

Tim Duncan won his third NBA Finals MVP Award. Manu Ginóbili, Tony Parker, and Bruce Bowen each received their second championship ring, while Robert Horry became only the second player in NBA history (John Salley being the first) to play on championship teams for three different franchises.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 16 23 18 17 74
San Antonio 18 20 19 24 81

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