2003–04 San Antonio Spurs season

The San Antonio Spurs hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals at the SBC Center.

The 2003–04 NBA season was the Spurs' 28th season in the National Basketball Association, the 31st in San Antonio, and 37th season as a franchise.

The Spurs entered the season as defending NBA champions, having defeated the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals in six games to win their second NBA championship. During the offseason, David Robinson, Danny Ferry, and Steve Kerr retired, Speedy Claxton signed with the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Jackson signed with the Atlanta Hawks, and Steve Smith signed with the New Orleans Hornets; in addition, the Spurs acquired Hedo Türkoğlu and Ron Mercer in a three-team trade, signed free agent Robert Horry (who had won championships with the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers) and signed other free agents such as center Radoslav Nesterović. Despite the retirement of Robinson, and despite having a won-loss percentage of approximately .500 in November, the Spurs posted a 13-game winning streak in January and won their final eleven games of the season. The team finished second in the Midwest Division with a 57–25 record. Two-time MVP Tim Duncan was selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game.

The Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in four straight games in the first round of the playoffs. Although the Spurs took the first two games in a second-round rematch against the Los Angeles Lakers (the team they had eliminated in the previous season's Western Conference Semifinals), the Lakers, led by their "big four" of Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Gary Payton, responded by taking the next four games to eliminate the defending champions. The Lakers went on to reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games.

Following the season, Turkoglu signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic and Kevin Willis signed with the Atlanta Hawks.

Draft picks

Roster

Roster listing
San Antonio Spurs roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G12United StatesBowen, Bruce6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)200 lb (91 kg)Cal State Fullerton
G23United StatesBrown, Devin6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)210 lb (95 kg)Texas–San Antonio
G3United StatesCarroll, Matt6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)212 lb (96 kg)Notre Dame
F/C21United States Virgin IslandsDuncan, Tim6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)255 lb (116 kg)Wake Forest
G10BrazilGarcia, Alex Injured6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)225 lb (102 kg)Brazil
G20ArgentinaGinóbili, Manu6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)200 lb (91 kg)Argentina
G1United StatesHart, Jason6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)180 lb (82 kg)Syracuse
F5United StatesHorry, Robert6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)240 lb (109 kg)Alabama
C8SloveniaNesterović, Rasho7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)255 lb (116 kg)Slovenia
G9FranceParker, Tony6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)France
F31United StatesRose, Malik6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)250 lb (113 kg)Drexel
F14TurkeyTürkoğlu, Hedo6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)220 lb (100 kg)Turkey
G17United StatesWard, Charlie6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)190 lb (86 kg)Florida State
F/C42United StatesWillis, Kevin7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)245 lb (111 kg)Michigan State
Head coach

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

Roster

Regular season

Season standings


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log

Regular season

2003–04 game log
Total: 57–25 (Home: 33–8; Road: 24–17)
2003–04 season schedule

Playoffs

West First Round

(3) San Antonio Spurs vs. (6) Memphis Grizzlies: Spurs win series 4–0

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Spurs and Grizzlies.

West Conference Semifinals

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs: Lakers win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 2003 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-2)

Player statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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

Regular season

Playoffs

Awards and records

Transactions

See also

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