The 1998–99San Antonio Spurs season was their 32nd as a franchise, the 26th in San Antonio, and the 23rd season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a promising rookie season from Tim Duncan, Spurs fans could hardly wait for the start of the next season. However, they would have to wait three in a half monts as half of the NBA season wiped out by a lockout. When the season started, the Spurs started slowly posting a 6-8 record in February. However, in March they roared like a lion winning 31 of their final 36 games on their way to a league best record 37-13.
In the playoffs, the Spurs would knock off the Minnesota Timberwolves in four games of the first round winning three games to one. In the semifinals, the Spurs' Twin Towers of David Robinson and Tim Duncan outplayed Shaquille O'Neal as the Spurs swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four straight games. In the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs faced the Portland Trail Blazers. After taking Game 1, the Spurs trailed in Game 2 as the Blazers led by double digits. However in the 4th quarter, the Spurs would make a run and with 0.9 seconds left, Sean Elliott tip toed down the sidelines staying barely inbounds to nail a dramatic game winning three pointer. From there, the Spurs would go on to sweep the TrailBlazers to become the first former ABA team to play in the NBA Finals. In the finals, they defeated the #8 seed New York Knicks in five games.
Game 1 - June 16, Wednesday @San Antonio, San Antonio 89, New York 77: San Antonio leads series 1-0
Game 2 - June 18, Friday @San Antonio, San Antonio 80, New York 67: San Antonio leads series 2-0
Game 3 - June 21, Monday @New York, New York 89, San Antonio 81: San Antonio leads series 2-1
Game 4 - June 23, Wednesday @New York, San Antonio 96, New York 89: San Antonio leads series 3-1
Game 5 - June 25, Friday @New York, San Antonio 78, New York 77: San Antonio wins series 4-1
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.