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San Antonio Spurs Tickets
San Antonio Spurs Tickets
The San Antonio Spurs retain the distinction of being one of the four remaining teams from the original ABA (American Basketball Association) now competing in the NBA. The Spurs entered the ABA as the Dallas Chapparals in 1967 and moved to San Antonio in 1973. San Antonio joined the NBA when the ABA folded in 1976 and was immediately competitive with stars like George Gervin and Artis Gilmore leading the way. The Spurs slumped after Gervin was traded in 1985 but enjoyed a revival after all-star center David Robinson arrived in 1989. Near the end of Robinson's career, he was joined by Tim Duncan. The emergence of Duncan as an all-star at power forward helped San Antonio capture four NBA titles from 1999 to 2007. Duncan was named league MVP in 2002 and 2003.
AT&T Center, Home to the San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have played in 18,581-seat AT&T Center since the 2002-03 season. The most historic NBA contest to be played here was the seventh game of the 2005 NBA Finals. This was the first seventh game of a Finals series since 1994, and the Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons that night, 81-74, to claim the title. Games in the 2003 and 2007 NBA Finals were also played here. The WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars have played in the facility since the team's genesis in 2003. The first and second games of the 2008 WNBA Finals were contested here.
San Antonio Spurs and the Western Conference
Few teams have dominated in the Western Conference as well as the San Antonio Spurs have done in the history of their franchise. Since moving from the ABA to the NBA in 1976, the Spurs have won 17 division titles and four Western Conference titles. Each season where San Antonio claimed a conference title, it eventually also won the NBA title that season. The Spurs compete in the Southwest Division. San Antonio's primary rivals are a pair of Texas teams: Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. All three teams have won at least one NBA title in their history.
San Antonio Spurs 2012 Team Outlook
A great season ended in bitter fashion for the San Antonio Spurs a year ago, and the Spurs are hoping to avoid a repeat of history in the 2011-2012 season. One goal for the Spurs is to avoid another first-round playoff exit when they fell as a No. 1 seed to the Memphis Grizzlies. It is safe to say the window is closing for San Antonio to make one more title run with Tim Duncan winding down a hall-of-fame career. There is a little bit of help coming in the interior. Rookie forward Kawhi Leonard is a rebounding machine and should divert some attention from the aging Duncan.