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1999 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich 4
New York Knicks Jeff Van Gundy 1
Dates: June 16 - June 25
MVP: Tim Duncan
(San Antonio Spurs)
Television: NBC (U.S.)
Announcers: Bob Costas and Doug Collins
Game 1: Bennett Salvatore, Hugh Evans, Steve Javie
Game 2:
Game 3: Dick Bavetta, Hue Hollins, Ronnie Nunn
Game 4:
Game 5: Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Bennett Salvatore
Hall of Famers: Patrick Ewing (2008)
David Robinson (2009)
Eastern Finals: Knicks defeat Pacers, 4-2
Western Finals: Spurs defeat Trail Blazers, 4-0
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The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the shortened 1998–99 NBA season. The San Antonio Spurs of the Western Conference took on the New York Knicks of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Spurs holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format, with the first team to collect four game victories winning the series.



The 1999 NBA season was shortened due to a labor dispute that led to a lockout, canceling the first 3 months of the season, literally making this the 1999 NBA Finals. The NBA would have teams play 50 games, and a normal playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs had the fearsome "Twin Towers", veteran center David Robinson and second year star forward Tim Duncan. The Spurs carried a 37-13 record, the best in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, the Knicks had a tumultuous regular season in which they went 27-23 and sneaked into the playoffs as the eighth and final seed. However, the Knicks would upset the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and the Indiana Pacers en route to becoming the first 8th seed in NBA history to reach the Finals.

The Spurs won the series 4 games to 1. Spurs forward Tim Duncan was named the Most Valuable Player of the finals. On June 25 In Game 5, with 47 seconds to go, it was Avery Johnson who hit the game-winner. Followed by a Latrell Sprewell miss that would have sent the series back to San Antonio, as the Knicks couldn't continue their Cinderella run.

Series scoring summary

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 Wins
San Antonio (West) 89 80 81 96 78 4
New York (East) 77 67 89 89 77 1

1999 NBA Finals Roster


1999 San Antonio Spurs

Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
Tim Duncan | David Robinson | Sean Elliott | Mario Elie | Avery Johnson | Jaren Jackson | Malik Rose | Antonio Daniels | Steve Kerr | Jerome Kersey | Will Perdue | Gerard King | Andrew Gaze | Brandon Williams |

1999 New York Knicks

Head Coach: Jeff Van Gundy
Patrick Ewing | Latrell Sprewell | Allan Houston | Larry Johnson | Kurt Thomas | Charlie Ward | Marcus Camby | Chris Childs | Chris Dudley | Ben Davis | Herb Williams | Rick Brunson | David Wingate |


  • 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. As of yet, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format.


  • The Spurs became the first former ABA team to play and win in an NBA Finals.
  • Steve Kerr became the first non-Celtic to win four straight championships, as he won titles with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998.
  • This was the lowest scoring finals (165 points per game average) since the 1954 NBA Finals (145 ppg average).
  • Avery Johnson hit the title clinching jumpshot, despite being criticized his entire career of being a poor jumpshooter.
  • Coincidentally, this is the second time this decade the Knicks had won the Eastern Conference title following a Chicago Bulls three-peat. However, they would lose again in the Finals to another team from Texas (Rockets in 1994 and the Spurs in 1999).
  • The 1999 Stanley Cup finals also featured a team from Texas (the Dallas Stars) playing a team from New York (the Buffalo Sabres). In both cases, the team from Texas triumphed.

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