DAR Sports: 2003 NBA Finals- San Antonio Spurs vs New Jersey Nets

By @TrueGodImmortal 

Now, it's been said that the Spurs have had the most boring NBA Finals wins and victories. In most series, this would be true. I have never understood why, but the Spurs team has over the years become rather dominant, yet slightly boring. Regardless, boring or not, Spurs have made themselves a dynasty of sorts over the years and we covered where it started from. 1999 Finals, they would win over the Knicks in a lockout season, but after that, the Lakers would dominate with their 3-Peat. The Lakers would win the 3rd title of their 3-Peat by sweeping the New Jersey Nets in the 2002 Finals. The Nets seemed focused on getting back to the Finals and asserting themselves as the team to beat in the East.

They did just that.

The Nets would run through the playoffs with a vengeance, defeating the Bucks, Celtics, and Pistons to become the Eastern Conference Champions. The Spurs would beat the Suns, Lakers, and Mavericks to become Western Conference Champions. The stage was now set for a clash between the two teams to see who would win the 2003 NBA Championship.

*Game 1

-The Spurs had the home court advantage and it would pay off in game 1 for them. The game would be close as halftime neared, but the Spurs would pull away in the 3rd quarter with the exclamation point coming early in the 4th. The Nets tried to make a comeback, but it was not going to happen. The Spurs took a 1-0 lead over the Nets with a 101-89 win. Tim Duncan would play superb finishing with 32 points, 20 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kenyon Martin would contribute 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets in a losing effort. Could the Nets regroup in game 2??

*Game 2

-This was close throughout and it all came down to the final minute or so of the game. The Nets were lucky this night, as they would even the series up 1-1 with a nail biting 87-85 victory over the Spurs. Jason Kidd led the Nets with 30 points, as Tony Parker would be the leading scorer for the Spurs on this night with 21 points. As Game 3 approached, could the Spurs take back the momentum or would the Nets be able to keep their momentum going?

*Game 3

-Another lower scoring and close game between the two teams, but the Spurs managed to hold it down and win in New Jersey to take a 2-1 series lead, with an 84-79 victory. Duncan played well, as did Tony Parker, who finished with 26 points. Kenyon Martin finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort for the Nets, and the Nets would attempt to regroup and garner a victory to even the series up yet again. Could they do it?

*Game 4

-Another low scoring game, as it seemed the Spurs were almost infamous for in the Finals (going off of their 1999 Finals run), the Nets pulled out a one point victory to even the series up 2-2. This was not the Nets team that got swept by the Lakers, this was a Nets team that came to play their best and hardest. Unfortunately for the Spurs, a 77-76 loss would even it up and the Spurs would have to at least go to 6 games to obtain the championship. Kenyon Martin led the Nets with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Duncan finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Could the Spurs regroup and manage a game 5 victory to gain the control once more? Or would it be the Nets taking advantage?

*Game 5

-The Spurs came prepared for this pivotal game. They weren't taking any shorts or wasting time, they attacked the Nets and everything aligned for them on this night. The Spurs would be in control most of the game and garner a 93-83 victory to go up 3-2 in the series. Duncan would play another hell of a game, finishing with 29 points and 17 rebounds, while Jason Kidd put up 29 points and 7 assists for the Nets. Could the Nets regroup and take game 6 to force a 7th game? Or would the Spurs close it out?

*Game 6

-The Nets managed to keep up with the Spurs all game, going into the 3rd quarter with a lead. However, the Nets imploded in the 4th, as the Spurs would outscore them 31-14 in the 4th quarter to clench the victory and win the NBA Title with an 88-77 victory. The Nets played hard, but it just wasn't enough to defeat the Spurs. The NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan finished with a triple-double, scoring 21 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists for an amazing stat line. Jason Kidd would put up 21 points and 7 assists for the Nets in their losing effort. For Duncan, this was special because it was a test for him and his true turn into the official hands down leader of the Spurs, as this would mark the end of the Twin Towers era in San Antonio, as David Robinson would retire after this season. If anything, this might be the most important championship that the Spurs have. It marked the end of an era and the beginning of the next one for the team.

Your 2003 NBA Champions, San Antonio Spurs!



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