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San Antonio Spurs Head-To-Head Record Against Every NBA Team: The Only Franchise With A Winning Record Against Every NBA Team

San Antonio Spurs Head-To-Head Record Against Every NBA Team: The Only Franchise With A Winning Record Against Every NBA Team

When Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs, it would have been impossible to predict how great he would have been. Historically speaking, the Spurs have been a fairly competitive franchise. With the addition of Duncan, the team was considered a dynasty largely in the 2000s and part of the 2010s.

Even before Duncan, the Spurs had the likes of David Robinson and George Gervin. Later, the team developed Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. There is a reason that Gregg Popovich is closing in on Don Nelson (1,335) for the most wins as a coach. With Popovich winning 1,333 games himself, the Spurs have some pretty flashy records against some of these teams.

Here are the head-to-head totals for the regular season and playoffs against each team.

Atlanta Hawks 57-42 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

There was a time that the Spurs and Hawks were a competitive series. In the 90s, the Hawks had Dominique Wilkins, while the Spurs had David Robinson. The Spurs never had won more than seven straight games. It wasn’t until the decade turned to 2010 that the team got hot.

From 2010 to 2016, the Spurs recorded an 11-game winning streak. At the time, the Hawks weren’t bad either. The Hawks were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2014-2015. Now that Trae Young is in the league, the Hawks have taken four of the last six matchups. The two have never met in the playoffs and will never meet unless it’s the NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics 58-41 (Regular Season), 0-2 (NBA Playoffs)

There was a 10-year stretch where the Spurs owned the Celtics. It didn’t matter if it was home or away. From 1996 to 2007, the Spurs won 18 straight games against Boston. It took the Celtics trading for Kevin Garnett and acquiring Ray Allen for the team to snap that losing streak.

Once upon a time, the Celtics owned a long winning streak against the Spurs. From 1980 to 1989, the Celtics defeated the team 20 consecutive times. As for the playoffs, the two met in the 1977 Eastern Conference First Round, where it was a best of three series. Boston defeated the Spurs in two straight games.

Brooklyn Nets 72-27 (Regular Season), 4-2 (NBA Playoffs)

The Nets have won the five meetings, which makes the dominance of San Antonio over Brooklyn even better knowing this record once stood 72-22, where the team was 50 games over .500. From 2003 to 2010, the Spurs won 14 consecutive games. The team owns an 11-game winning streak from 1977 to 1979. Long story short, the Spurs won in New York, New Jersey, and Brooklyn.

The only time the two teams have met in the playoffs was the 2003 NBA Finals. The Nets were led by Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, while David Robinson played out his final season as a champion. Duncan won league MVP and Finals MVP by winning his second championship.

Charlotte Hornets 44-19 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs owned a 10-game winning streak from 2010 to 2016. This series will be fun to watch in years to come as LaMelo Ball has the Hornets playing better, while Dejounte Murray is a young All-Star. The last seven meetings between the two teams have resulted in Charlotte winning four of the seven times.

As for the playoffs, the Hornets would have to make the NBA Finals. Given that the franchise has never made the Conference Finals, we might be waiting a long time to ever see that come to fruition. Never say never though.

Chicago Bulls 58-36 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

From 2000 to 2005, the Bulls dropped nine in a row to the Spurs, which almost feels expected. That was a stretch where Duncan was playing like an MVP, back-to-back years actually, while the Bulls were rebuilding from the retirement of Michael Jordan. Of course, the Spurs were going to beat up on the Bulls.

During the 90s, Jordan led the Bulls to six straight wins over San Antonio from 1996 to 1998. Before that, the Spurs went on an eight-game winning streak in the 70s and 80s. In the end, neither team owns a double-digit winning streak against the other.

Cleveland Cavaliers 65-36 (Regular Season), 4-0 (NBA Playoffs)

When LeBron James left the Cavaliers, it affected the team pretty hard. It boosted the egos of the Spurs, who defeated the team 10 straight times from 2010 to 2014. Two of those games featured LeBron James on the team. Then again, even when he came back, he only beat the Spurs twice in his second stint with the team.

The Spurs also got the best of LeBron in the NBA Finals, where the Spurs swept the Cavaliers in 2007. At the time, it was the first time LeBron played in the Finals. Needless to say, it was a learning experience for a star, who would eventually make the NBA Finals every season from 2011 to 2018, as well in 2020.

Dallas Mavericks 114-76 (Regular Season), 20-16 (NBA Playoffs)

The battle of Texas has to go to the Spurs. The Mavericks are making a comeback by winning five of the last six matchups, but altogether, the Spurs have won the hearts of Texas. To establish their dominance early, the Spurs won 16 straight games against the team from 1991 to 1994.

In the playoffs, the two have had some intense playoff matchups. That includes a six-game series in 2010, as well as a seven-game series in 2014. That seven-game series nearly wiped out the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. Instead, the Spurs won the NBA championship over the Heat.

Denver Nuggets 120-75 (Regular Season), 23-10 (NBA Playoffs)

There was a time when the Nuggets won 10 straight games from 2013 to 2016. You could say the Spurs have always owned an edge over the Nuggets. The team has never put together a double-digit winning streak against the Spurs. Despite the great players like Alex English, Carmelo Anthony, and Nikola Jokic, the longest winning streak is five games.

The Nuggets last met in 2019 when the Spurs were defeated in seven games. Before that series, the Spurs had won three straight series that dated back to 1985. The two are often first-round faces, where the Spurs have won four of the six times.

Detroit Pistons 62-36 (Regular Season), 4-3 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs may own the regular season nod, but the one time the two teams met in the playoffs was an NBA classic. The 2005 NBA Finals featured the Spurs and the Pistons. The Pistons were looking to defend their 2004 title, while the Spurs were trying to add a third title to the trophy case with the 1999 and 2003 teams.

The series went the full distance, seven games. The series featured one overtime game, while neither team scored 100 points or more once. The matchup of Ben Wallace and Tim Duncan was a sight to watch before the Spurs captured the title.

Golden State Warriors 113-64 (Regular Season), 6-13 (NBA Playoffs)

Even when the Warriors formed their dynasty in 2015, the Spurs never were beaten easily. The Warriors, despite having Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant on a team together, never put together a long winning streak. On the other hand, from 2008 to 2013, the Spurs defeated the Warriors 16 straight times. The Spurs own two different 16-game winning streaks against the Warriors in team history.

As for the playoffs, the Warriors have gotten the best of San Antonio. That starts with the 1991 first round where Golden State came out on top. Then, the two teams didn’t meet again in the postseason until 2013. There, the Spurs won the series but were then swept in 2017 in the Conference Finals, while also getting bounced in five games in the first round in 2018. Needless to say, Kevin Durant led the team to a 9-1 record during that span.

Houston Rockets 114-92 (Regular Season), 10-12 (NBA Playoffs)

The battle of Texas didn’t just feature the Spurs winning over Dallas but also the Rockets too. From Hakeem Olajuwon to James Harden, it hasn’t mattered because the Spurs have just been the better franchise. Historically speaking, the Rockets are one of five teams the Spurs have defeated at least 100 times.

In 1980 and 1981, the Rockets defeated the Spurs in the playoffs. The Rockets came out on top again in 1995 in the Western Conference Finals before Olajuwon led the team to their second straight championship. The two teams wouldn’t meet again until 2017, where the Spurs bounced Harden in six games.

Indiana Pacers 55-42 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

From 2008 to 2012, the Spurs won 11 straight matchups. The Pacers were going through a mild rebuild, while the Spurs remained a top team in the Western Conference. The Pacers have an eight-game winning streak of their own in the late 80s. It’s surprising that during the Reggie Miller years that there is not a greater winning streak.

The two teams have never met in the playoffs. The two could have met in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals had the Pacers defeated the Heat in the Conference Finals, Instead, the Heat defeated the Pacers both times.

Los Angeles Clippers 132-48 (Regular Season), 7-4 (NBA Playoffs)

From 2006 to 2010, the Spurs defeated the Clippers 18 straight times. The Clippers were not a good franchise at the time, once drafting Blake Griffin with the No. 1 overall pick during those years. The team has since grown to be competitive. The Spurs also own a 15-game winning streak from 1997 to 2001 as well.

In the playoffs, the Spurs swept the Clippers in the 2012 semifinals. In 2015, the Clippers fought the Spurs to a seven-game playoff series, but also came up short there as well. That ended up being the second to last playoffs for Duncan altogether.

Los Angeles Lakers 91-89 (Regular Season), 22-34 (NBA Playoffs)

One of the most competitive rivalries with the Spurs is the Lakers. Most fans probably wouldn’t consider this a rivalry, but this series has come down to the wire. This series stretches back to 1976. There have been a lot of great players going back and forth over the years.

While the regular season has been tough, the Lakers have gotten the best of the Spurs in the playoffs. That includes a back-to-back eliminations in the playoffs in 2001 and 2002. The Spurs got their revenge one year later on the way to the championship. They would sweep the in Lakers 2013 in the first round, marking the end of an era for the Purple and Gold.

Memphis Grizzlies 74-30 (Regular Season), 18-6 (NBA Playoffs)

Despite the Grizzlies winning the last four games against the Spurs, this hasn’t been much of a contest. When the Grizzlies first became a franchise, the Spurs won 22 straight games from a span of 1997 to 2002. The Twin Towers were too much for anybody from Memphis to stop.

The success carried over to the playoffs as well, where the two teams often met each other. Memphis once stunned the Spurs in the 2011 playoffs, but the Spurs broke the hearts of all fans in 2013. The Grizzlies made the Conference Finals, but San Antonio won the series in six games, which once saw the series tied at 2-2.

Miami Heat 44-24 (Regular Season), 7-5 (NBA Playoffs)

After LeBron James left the Heat, it was like a breath of fresh air. After beating LeBron once in the regular season in 2014, the Spurs rattled off eight straight wins once he moved to Cleveland. Before that winning streak, this was a fairly competitive back and forth series.

In the playoffs, this was a true rivalry for two seasons. The two teams met in the NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 series famously saw Ray Allen hit the series saving three-pointer to tie the game in Game 6 before Miami won in overtime. Then, the Heat closed out the Spurs in Game 7. The following year, the Spurs won the title, which some believe is part of the reason LeBron returned to Cleveland in the 2014 offseason.

Milwaukee Bucks 52-43 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

From 2012 to 2016, the Spurs rattled off nine straight wins against the Bucks. The Spurs also won eight straight from 1992 to 1995. The longest the Bucks have ever won consecutive is six games. What stands out above all is that the Spurs rattled off their longest winning streak when Giannis Antetokounmpo first entered the league and then the two teams have split the season series the last four years.

It’s too bad that Giannis was just a few years late. The idea of a Giannis and Tim Duncan NBA Finals has to be one of the most hypothetical talks out there. The defensive mindset of both would have been fun to watch with both working against each other. Instead, we are just left wondering what would have happened.

Minnesota Timberwolves 91-34 (Regular Season), 6-2 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs are fast approaching 100 wins against the Timberwolves. A 12-game winning streak from 2014 to 2017 certainly helps. There was also the 16-game winning streak from 2007 to 2011, as well as a 12-game winning streak from 1990 to 1993. You would think that the Kevin Garnett years would have been some real results, but the Spurs held their own.

In the playoffs, the two teams have met twice with San Antonio winning both meetings. The first came in 1999, where the Spurs won in four games. The other time was in 2001, where the Spurs also won in four games. Both times came in the first round.

New Orleans Pelicans 52-19 (Regular Season), 4-3 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs have never embarked on long winning streaks against the Pelicans. The longest winning streak was eight games in the mid-2000s, but the team has put together enough five-game winning streaks to bolster this all-time series record. Despite players like Chris Paul and Anthony Davis, the Spurs have always feasted on New Orleans.

The two teams have met once in the playoffs and that was probably the tipping of the iceberg that was Paul trying to leave. In the 2008 semifinals, the Hornets (old name) led 3-2 with a chance to make the Conference Finals for the first time. Instead, the Spurs won the following two games.

New York Knicks 56-43 (Regular Season), 4-1 (NBA Playoffs)

San Antonio Spurs played against the New York Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, when they won their first title. It is interesting that their longest winning streak was between 2005 to 2008 when the Spurs won 7 consecutive games. Mostly, the two teams consistently keep trading wins and losses back and forth.

Right now, the Knicks have won 3 consecutive games against the Spurs. And even though they are better team right now, they are still far from being a contender. On the other side, San Antonio Spurs have a perfect record against every team in the NBA, with 13 more wins than the Knicks in head-to-head record.

Oklahoma City Thunder 99-81 (Regular Season), 19-15 (NBA Playoffs)

The next time the Spurs win, it will be their 100th win against the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise. Once upon a time, SuperSonics (old name) owned the winning advantage after 1990. That also included regaining the advantage in 2000 before losing grip of it and never holding it ever since.

The two have met in the playoffs five times. The Spurs eliminated the SuperSonics in 1999, 2002, and 2005. In 2012, the Thunder defeated the Spurs to make the NBA Finals, but the Spurs eliminated the Thunder in 2013 to make it to the NBA Finals as a revenge series win. Altogether, those Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili versus Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka years were special.

Orlando Magic 48-19 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs have always run away with this series, winning 25 of the first 35 games against the Magic. Even when Dwight Howard was on the team in his prime, the Spurs typically came out victorious. Then, when he left, the Magic crumbled and the Spurs took advantage by winning 10 straight games from 2012 to 2016.

The two teams have never met in the NBA Finals. The one time could have come in 2009. The Spurs were a solid team, but the Lakers made it instead. However, even with Howard on the floor, we kinda already know how that result would have turned out.

Philadelphia 76ers 58-43 (Regular Season), 4-3 (NBA Playoffs)

The 76ers are chipping away at the all-time margin by winning the last seven meetings between the two teams. Now that “The Process” is complete, the 76ers are a true contender. When that process was formulated from 2012 to 2017, the Spurs defeated Philly 12 straight times. The Spurs took the series lead in 1995 and have never looked back.

In the playoffs, the two teams met in the 1979 Eastern Conference Semifinals. The series stretched to seven games. The Spurs nearly blew a 3-1 lead, but the team regained themselves to advance. It was a battle between George Gervin and Julius Erving. Gervin, Larry Kenon, and James Silas all averaged over 20 points per game in that series.

Phoenix Suns 99-84 (Regular Season), 25-22 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs need one more game to get to 100 wins against the Suns. In the late 2000s, this was once a fun rivalry as well. The trio of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili taking on Steven Nash, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire was a true big three versus big three. Typically, the Spurs came out on top.

That included the Spurs eliminating the Suns in the 2007, 2008, and 2010 playoffs. During that span, the Spurs were 12-3 against those Suns teams. The Spurs also eliminated the Suns in 2003 and 2005. The Suns might have defeated the Spurs on route to making the NBA Finals in 1993, but the Spurs own the last laugh.

Portland Trail Blazers 89-88 (Regular Season), 14-6 (NBA Playoffs)

Outside of the Lakers, the other team that plays San Antonio the best are the Trail Blazers? That definitely should feel surprising, but it’s true. During the 80s, the Trail Blazers won 10 straight games against San Antonio, but then the Spurs made up for it with a 12-game winning streak from 2005 to 2008.

In the playoffs, the two teams have met four times. In 1990, the Spurs lost an overtime Game 7 thriller to Portland. Then, the Spurs won three consecutive playoff series. That includes winning in 1993, 1999, and 2014, where the team combined to go 11-2 against several different Trail Blazers teams.

Sacramento Kings 125-61 (Regular Season), 4-2 (NBA Playoffs)

From 2014 to 2018, the Spurs defeated the Kings 14 straight times. The Spurs also own a 12-game winning streak from 2008 to 2012, as well as a nine-game winning streak from 2012 to 2014. During the stretch from 2008 to 2014, the Spurs lost to the Kings just one time.

In the playoffs, the two teams have met once. That was the 2006 Western Conference first round, which is consequently, the last time the Kings have made the playoffs. The Kings were on the tail-end of their most successful years in the latest memory.

Toronto Raptors 35-16 (Regular Season), 0-0 (NBA Playoffs)

The Spurs began by winning 21 of the first 30 meetings. That ranged from 1996 to 2011. In about the last 10-plus years, the Spurs have held a pretty firm grip on the Raptors. With that said, the Raptors own potentially one of the biggest heartbreaking endings over the Spurs and that would be the trade of Kawhi Leonard.

In 2018, the Spurs traded Leonard to the Raptors for a package headlined by DeMar DeRozan. While DeRozan played at a high level, the team watched a disgusted Leonard lead the Raptors to the NBA Finals in his lone season and win the championship. Leonard won Finals MVP. How amazing would the Spurs and Raptors 2019 Finals have been?

Utah Jazz 109-88 (Regular Season), 12-12 (NBA Playoffs)

The highest point of success for Utah against the Spurs came in the 1990s. Because of the success that John Stockton and Karl Malone brought, it helped the Jazz elevate their overall record against the Spurs to a winning margin. From 1993 to 2001, the Jazz held a winning record against the Spurs. All of that changed in 2002 and the Spurs haven’t looked back.

In the playoffs, the two teams have met five times. The Jazz eliminated the Spurs in the playoffs in 1994, 1996, and 1998. It wasn’t until 2007 that the Spurs won their first playoff series, beating the Jazz in the Conference Finals to help Duncan win his fourth championship with the team. The Spurs also defeated Utah in the first round in 2012, sweeping them in four games.

Washington Wizards 64-34, 5-8 (NBA Playoffs)

For the first 15 years, this was a competitive series. It remained a competitive series up to the 1999-2000 season, where Washington trailed just by two games in the all-time series. After that, the Spurs began to pull away, winning 17 straight games against Washington from 2006 to 2015. Because of that, it has helped pad their all-time series edge.

In the playoffs, the two teams have met twice, but it was a very long time ago. The first time came in the 1978 Eastern Conference Semifinals, where Washington won the six-game series. Then, the two teams met again in 1979, the Conference Finals, where the Bullets won in seven games. 


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