NBA Finals preview

June 16, 1999|By Jerry Bembry

San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks

Regular-season record: San Antonio 37-13. New York 27-23.

Playoff record: San Antonio 11-1 (beat No. 8 seed Minnesota, 3-1; swept No. 4 seed Los Angeles Lakers, 4-0; swept No. 2 seed Portland, 4-0). New York 11-4: (beat No. 1 seed Miami, 3-2; swept No. 4 seed Atlanta, 4-0; beat No. 2 seed Indiana, 4-2).

Season series: Teams did not meet.

Last NBA Finals appearance: San Antonio is playing in the NBA Finals for the first time. The New York Knicks lost in seven games to the Houston Rockets in the 1994 Finals. New York last won a championship in 1973, and is making its eighth appearance in the Finals -- the fourth best by a franchise in NBA history.

Key players (averages are for postseason): San Antonio -- Tim Duncan (21.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.83 bpg); David Robinson (15.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.08 bpg); Avery Johnson (14.1 ppg, 7.5 apg); Sean Elliott (13.6 ppg). New York -- Latrell Sprewell (18.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg); Allan Houston (12.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Larry Johnson (12.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Marcus Camby (10.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.87 bpg).

Pub Date: 6/16/99

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