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The 1999 NBA FINALS was the championship round of the shortened 1998–99 NBA season or the 1999 season. The Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs took on the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks 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 Spurs defeated the Knicks 4 games to 1 to win the championship. As of 2017, this is the last NBA Finals where neither team scored 100 or more points in any game during the series.

Will Lyman narrated the season-ending documentary Go Spurs Go! for NBA Entertainment .

CONTENTS

* 1 Background

* 1.1 San Antonio Spurs * 1.2 New York Knicks
New York Knicks

* 2 Result

* 2.1 Road to the Finals * 2.2 Regular season series

* 3 1999 NBA Finals rosters

* 3.1 San Antonio Spurs * 3.2 New York Knicks
New York Knicks

* 4 Series summary * 5 Player statistics * 6 Aftermath * 7 See also * 8 External links

BACKGROUND

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 Season and Finals (as all games were played in the year 1999). The NBA schedule consisted of 50 regular season games (61% of regular 82 games), and a normal playoff schedule; many teams never played each other.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

This was the second year of the "Twin Towers " pairing of David Robinson and second year star forward Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, who switched from his natural center position in college to power forward to play alongside Robinson in San Antonio; the two had been teammates since the Spurs drafted Duncan with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft - a pick they earned through the draft lottery, due to a 62-loss 1996–97 season that saw Robinson suffer an injury very early in the season and the team collapse from there. As a result of the shaky start, veteran coach Bob Hill was fired and replaced by then-general manager Gregg Popovich . In the first season of the Duncan/Robinson tandem the Spurs won 56 games but were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the playoffs. The following year, led by Robinson, Duncan, Sean Elliott , and Avery Johnson , the Spurs won 37 of their 50 games and qualified as the top seed in the Western Conference, as well as the league's best record.

After defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
in their first playoff series, San Antonio
San Antonio
recorded back-to-back sweeps in the second round and conference finals, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers . The victory over Portland gave the Spurs their first ever trip to the NBA Finals.

NEW YORK KNICKS

The Knicks had a harder time getting to the playoffs than the Spurs did. Toward the end of the season, with the team teetering on the brink of making the playoffs, rumors had begun to spread in the New York media that head coach Jeff Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy
would lose his job before the end of the season if the team did not make the playoffs. Instead, New York fired general manager Ernie Grunfeld and allowed Van Gundy to lead the team to the playoffs, with the team barely qualifying as the #8 seed. They would face the Miami Heat , the top seed, in the first round.

Led by an injured Patrick Ewing and relying on contributions from Larry Johnson , Latrell Sprewell , and Allan Houston , as well as a newly acquired Marcus Camby , the Knicks were able to keep pace with the Heat and after Houston hit a shot with 0.8 seconds remaining in Game 5 of that series, the Knicks were victorious and became the second team in NBA history after the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
to win a playoff series as the #8 seed. The Nuggets were led by Dikembe Mutombo in that series, a center who now was playing for the Atlanta Hawks , the Knicks' next opponent. Although the center from Zaire guaranteed a victory, the Knicks won in a four-game sweep to set up a matchup with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Ewing could not continue due to an injury and was lost for the series after the first two games. In the third game, with 11.9 seconds left and the Knicks trailing 91–88, Johnson looked to attempt a three-point shot but was unable to shake the defender. He continued moving, however, and got off the shot while being fouled. He made the basket and converted the subsequent free-throw for a game-winning four-point play and gave his team a 2–1 lead in the series. In Game 6, however, Johnson suffered a knee injury and although the Knicks rallied around him to get the victory and the conference championship, it would prove costly as his playing time was limited in the Finals.

RESULT

The Spurs won the series 4 games to 1. Spurs forward Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
was named the Most Valuable Player of the finals. On June 25 with 47 seconds to go in Game 5, Avery Johnson hit the game-winner. Johnson's shot was followed by a Latrell Sprewell miss that would have sent the series back to San Antonio.

This was the first of San Antonio's five NBA Championships, but they would not return to the Finals until 2003. New York has yet to return to the Finals. No #8 seed has advanced to the NBA Finals or as far as the Conference Finals since, but there have been other instances of #8 seeds defeating #1 seeds in the playoffs: in 2007 the Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks ; in 2011 the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Spurs; and in 2012 the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
defeated the Chicago Bulls .

The Spurs would also be the first champions since 1986 to not go on to repeat as champions. From 1987 to 1998 every champion either repeated or three-peated .

As of the 2014 NBA Finals , June 25 is the latest in the calendar that any NBA Finals game has ever been played. Had a Game 7 been required it would have been played on Tuesday, June 29.

ROAD TO THE FINALS

Main article: 1999 NBA Playoffs

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION) NEW YORK KNICKS (EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION)

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 –

2 Y- Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 2

3 X- Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 –

4 X- Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 6

5 X-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6

6 X-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 10

7 X- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
27 23 .540 10

8 X- Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
25 25 .500 12

9 Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 12

10 Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 16

11 Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18

12 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
14 36 .280 23

13 Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 28

14 Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29

1st seed in the West, best league record REGULAR SEASON

# EASTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- Miami Heat 33 17 .660 –

2 Y- Indiana Pacers 33 17 .660 –

3 X- Orlando Magic 33 17 .660 –

4 X- Atlanta Hawks 31 19 .620 2

5 X- Detroit Pistons 29 21 .580 4

6 X- Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
28 22 .560 5

7 X- Milwaukee Bucks 28 22 .560 5

8 X- New York Knicks
New York Knicks
27 23 .540 6

9 Charlotte Hornets 26 24 .520 7

10 Toronto Raptors 23 27 .460 10

11 Cleveland Cavaliers 22 28 .440 11

12 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
19 31 .380 14

13 Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
18 32 .360 15

14 New Jersey Nets 16 34 .320 17

15 Chicago Bulls 13 37 .260 20

8th seed in the East, 14th best league record

Defeated the (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
, 3–1 FIRST ROUND Defeated the (1) Miami Heat , 3–2

Defeated the (4) Los Angeles Lakers , 4–0 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Defeated the (4) Atlanta Hawks , 4–0

Defeated the (2) Portland Trail Blazers , 4–0 CONFERENCE FINALS Defeated the (2) Indiana Pacers , 4–2

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

The Knicks and Spurs did not meet in the regular season.

1999 NBA FINALS ROSTERS

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

1999 SAN ANTONIO SPURS FINALS ROSTER

PLAYERS COACHES

POS. # NAT. NAME HT. WT. FROM

1.0 !PG 7001330000000000000♠33 USA ! Daniels, Antonio 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg)

Bowling Green

4.5 !PF 7001210000000000000♠21 VIR ! Duncan, Tim 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg)

Wake Forest

2.0 !SG 7001170000000000000♠17 USA ! Elie, Mario 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg)

American International

3.0 !SF 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! Elliott, Sean 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg)

Arizona

2.0 !SG 7001100000000000000♠10 AUS ! Gaze, Andrew 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg)

Seton Hall

2.0 !SG 7000200000000000000♠2 USA ! Jackson, Jaren 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg)

Georgetown

1.0 !PG 7000600000000000000♠6 USA ! Johnson, Avery 7000177800000000000♠5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg)

Southern

1.0 !PG 7000400000000000000♠4 USA ! Kerr, Steve 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg)

Arizona

3.0 !SF 7001250000000000000♠25 USA ! Kersey, Jerome 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg)

Longwood

4.5 !PF 7001540000000000000♠54 USA ! King, Gerard 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg)

Nicholls State

6.0 !C 7001410000000000000♠41 USA ! Perdue, Will 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg)

Vanderbilt

6.0 !C 7001500000000000000♠50 USA ! Robinson, David 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg)

Navy

4.5 !PF 7001310000000000000♠31 USA ! Rose, Malik 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg)

Drexel

2.0 !SG 7001110000000000000♠11 USA ! Williams, Brandon 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg)

Davidson

Head coach

* * Gregg Popovich

------------------------- Legend

* (C) Team captain * (DP) Unsigned draft pick * (FA) Free agent * (S) Suspended * Injured

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Roster

NEW YORK KNICKS

1999 NEW YORK KNICKS FINALS ROSTER

PLAYERS COACHES

POS. # NAT. NAME HT. WT. FROM

1.0 !PG 7000900000000000000♠9 USA ! Brunson, Rick 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg)

Temple

6.0 !C 7001230000000000000♠23 USA ! Camby, Marcus 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg)

Massachusetts

1.0 !PG 7000100000000000000♠1 USA ! Childs, Chris 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg)

Boise State

4.5 !PF 7000400000000000000♠4 USA ! Davis, Ben 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg)

Arizona

6.0 !C 7001140000000000000♠14 USA ! Dudley, Chris 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg)

Yale
Yale

6.0 !C 7001330000000000000♠33 USA ! Ewing, Patrick 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg)

Georgetown

2.0 !SG 7001200000000000000♠20 USA ! Houston, Allan 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg)

Tennessee

4.5 !PF 7000200000000000000♠2 USA ! Johnson, Larry 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 250 lb (113 kg)

UNLV

3.0 !SF 7000800000000000000♠8 USA ! Sprewell, Latrell 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg)

Alabama

4.5 !PF 7001400000000000000♠40 USA ! Thomas, Kurt 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg)

Texas
Texas
Christian

1.0 !PG 7001210000000000000♠21 USA ! Ward, Charlie 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg)

Florida State

6.0 !C 7001320000000000000♠32 USA ! Williams, Herb 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 242 lb (110 kg)

Ohio State

2.0 !SG 7001250000000000000♠25 USA ! Wingate, David 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg)

Georgetown

Head coach

* Jeff Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy

------------------------- Legend

* (C) Team captain * (DP) Unsigned draft pick * (FA) Free agent * (S) Suspended * Injured

SERIES SUMMARY

GAME DATE HOME TEAM RESULT ROAD TEAM

Game 1 Wednesday, June 16 SAN ANTONIO SPURS 89–77 (1–0) New York Knicks

Game 2 Friday, June 18 SAN ANTONIO SPURS 80–67 (2–0) New York Knicks

Game 3 Monday, June 21 NEW YORK KNICKS 89–81 (1–2) San Antonio
San Antonio
Spurs

Game 4 Wednesday, June 23 New York Knicks 89–96 (1–3) SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Game 5 Friday, June 25 New York Knicks 77–78 (1–4) SAN ANTONIO SPURS

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 between 1985–2013. Since the 2013-2014 season, the Finals returned to a 2–2–1–1–1 site format.

NBC

June 16

Boxscores

New York Knicks
New York Knicks
77, SAN ANTONIO SPURS 89

SCORING BY QUARTER: 27–21, 10–24, 26–26, 14–18

PTS: Sprewell , Houston 19 REBS: Latrell Sprewell 7 ASTS: Houston , Ward 3 PTS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
33 REBS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
13 ASTS: Avery Johnson 8

SAN ANTONIO LED THE SERIES, 1–0

Alamodome , San Antonio
San Antonio
, Texas
Texas
ATTENDANCE: 39,514 REFEREES:

* Hugh Evans * Steve Javie * Bennett Salvatore

NBC

June 18

Boxscores

New York Knicks
New York Knicks
67, SAN ANTONIO SPURS 80

SCORING BY QUARTER: 15–20, 19–19, 15–17, 18–24

PTS: Latrell Sprewell 26 REBS: Latrell Sprewell 7 ASTS: Charlie Ward 3 PTS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
25 REBS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
15 ASTS: Avery Johnson 5

SAN ANTONIO LED THE SERIES, 2–0

Alamodome , San Antonio
San Antonio
, Texas
Texas
ATTENDANCE: 39,554 REFEREES:

* Dan Crawford * Joe Crawford * Jess Kersey

NBC

June 21

Boxscores

San Antonio Spurs 81, NEW YORK KNICKS 89

SCORING BY QUARTER: 21–32, 25–17, 16–16, 19–24

PTS: David Robinson 25 REBS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
12 ASTS: Avery Johnson 4 PTS: Allan Houston 34 REBS: Houston , Johnson 5 ASTS: Latrell Sprewell 5

SAN ANTONIO LED THE SERIES, 2–1

Madison Square Garden , New York City
New York City
, New York ATTENDANCE: 19,763 REFEREES:

* Dick Bavetta * Hue Hollins * Ronnie Nunn

NBC

June 23

Boxscores

SAN ANTONIO SPURS 96, New York Knicks
New York Knicks
89

SCORING BY QUARTER: 27–29, 23–17, 22–17, 24–26

PTS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
28 REBS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
18 ASTS: Avery Johnson 10 PTS: Latrell Sprewell 26 REBS: Marcus Camby 13 ASTS: Charlie Ward 8

SAN ANTONIO LED THE SERIES, 3–1

Madison Square Garden , New York City
New York City
, New York ATTENDANCE: 19,763 REFEREES:

* Hugh Evans * Ron Garretson * Mike Mathis

NBC

June 25

Boxscores

SAN ANTONIO SPURS 78, New York Knicks
New York Knicks
77

SCORING BY QUARTER: 20–23, 20–15, 19–20, 19–19

PTS: Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
31 REBS: David Robinson 12 ASTS: Avery Johnson 9 PTS: Latrell Sprewell 35 REBS: Latrell Sprewell 10 ASTS: Allan Houston 5

SAN ANTONIO WON THE NBA FINALS, 4–1

Madison Square Garden , New York City
New York City
, New York ATTENDANCE: 19,763 REFEREES:

* Joe Crawford * Steve Javie * Bennett Salvatore

PLAYER STATISTICS

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

San Antonio Spurs

PLAYER GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Daniels, Antonio Antonio Daniels 4 0 6.0 .800 1.000 .000 0.5 1.0 0.3 0.0 2.5

Duncan, Tim Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
5 5 45.8 .537 .000 .795 14.0 2.4 1.0 2.2 27.4

Elie, Mario Mario Elie 5 5 35.0 .447 .308 .870 4.0 2.6 1.2 0.0 11.6

Elliott, Sean Sean Elliott 5 5 36.2 .333 .278 .636 3.0 3.0 0.8 0.2 8.0

Jackson, Jaren Jaren Jackson 5 0 19.2 .324 .375 .000 1.4 1.0 1.0 0.0 6.6

Johnson, Avery Avery Johnson 5 5 39.2 .500 .000 .600 2.6 7.2 0.6 0.0 9.2

Kerr, Steve Steve Kerr 5 0 8.8 .400 .500 .000 1.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 1.8

Kersey, Jerome Jerome Kersey 2 0 2.0 1.000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

King, Gerard Gerard King 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson 5 5 37.0 .424 .000 .688 11.8 2.4 1.0 3.0 16.6

Rose, Malik Malik Rose 5 0 12.8 .200 .000 .500 2.4 0.4 0.6 0.4 1.2

New York Knicks
New York Knicks

PLAYER GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Brunson, Rick Rick Brunson 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Camby, Marcus Marcus Camby 5 3 27.0 .500 .000 .750 7.8 0.2 0.6 2.0 9.6

Childs, ChrisChris Childs 5 0 21.0 .227 .200 .500 1.2 2.2 0.4 0.0 2.4

Dudley, Chris Chris Dudley 5 2 15.6 .250 .000 .333 3.8 0.2 0.2 0.6 1.2

Houston, Allan Allan Houston 5 5 44.4 .427 .167 .923 3.2 3.4 0.4 0.0 21.6

Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson 5 5 37.0 .286 .111 .615 4.8 1.4 1.2 0.2 7.6

Sprewell, Latrell Latrell Sprewell 5 5 44.2 .410 .286 .842 6.6 2.6 1.4 0.2 26.0

Thomas, KurtKurt Thomas 5 0 21.0 .344 .000 .600 7.6 0.4 1.2 0.0 5.6

Ward, Charlie Charlie Ward 5 5 29.0 .462 .333 .500 3.2 3.6 2.6 0.4 5.8

Williams, Herb Herb Williams 2 0 1.5 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

AFTERMATH

The Spurs would become the first defending champion since the 1985–86 Celtics to not win consecutive championships. They won 53 games that season, but were severely handicapped by Sean Elliott 's early season kidney transplant, and Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
's late-season knee injury. The Spurs were eliminated in the first round of the 2000 NBA Playoffs by the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
. The Spurs would also win four more NBA titles in 2003 , 2005 , 2007 and 2014 and appear in the 2013 NBA Finals , with Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich the only members of the team to appear in all of the Spurs' Finals appearances.

To date, the series would be the Knicks' last NBA Finals appearance. The next season, the Knicks won 50 games but fell to the Indiana Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. After that season, the Patrick Ewing era came to an end when Ewing was traded to the SuperSonics . In the post-Ewing era, the Knicks have managed five playoff appearances (2001 , 2004 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 ), but only one playoff series win.

SEE ALSO

* 1999 NBA Playoffs

EXTERNAL LINKS

* NBA History * Official Website on NBA.com at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived October 12, 1999)

* v * t * e

NBA Finals

* Champions * O\'Brien Trophy * Most Valuable Player Award

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