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2003 NBA Finals

2003 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich 4
New Jersey Nets Byron Scott 2
Dates: June 4–15
MVP: Tim Duncan
(San Antonio Spurs)
Eastern Finals: Nets defeated Pistons, 4–0
Western Finals: Spurs defeated Mavericks, 4–2

The 2003 NBA Finals was the National Basketball Association championship series for the 2002–03 NBA season.

The San Antonio Spurs of the Western Conference took on the New Jersey Nets of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Spurs holding home-court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. The Spurs won the series 4 games to 2 to win their second NBA championship.

Tim Duncan was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship series for the second time in his career.

The series was broadcast on U.S. television on ABC, with Brad NesslerBill Walton, and Tom Tolbert announcing.

The 2003 Finals documentary was narrated by Rodd Houston, who later narrated three other NBA Finals series.

This was the first NBA Finals since 1995 to use the traditional script font in its logo; in the intervening years, a more contemporary all-gold logo had been used with the Larry O'Brien Trophy, as well as the year and the series' name encompassed by an oval on a black background.

The Nets were the first team since the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998 and the last until the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018 to lose the Finals two years in a row having being swept by the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the previous year's Finals.

As of 2021, this was the last time that the Nets made it to the NBA Finals.

2003 NBA Playoffs

San Antonio Spurs (Western Conference Champion) New Jersey Nets (Eastern Conference Champion)
60–22 (.732)

1st Midwest, 1st West, 1st Overall

Regular season 49–33 (.598)

1st Atlantic, 2nd East, 8th Overall

Defeated the (8) Phoenix Suns, 4–2 First Round Defeated the (7) Milwaukee Bucks, 4–2
Defeated the (5) Los Angeles Lakers, 4–2 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (6) Boston Celtics, 4–0
Defeated the (3) Dallas Mavericks, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Detroit Pistons, 4–0

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Away Team
Game 1 June 4 San Antonio 101–89 New Jersey
Game 2 June 6 San Antonio 85–87 New Jersey
Game 3 June 8 New Jersey 79–84 San Antonio
Game 4 June 11 New Jersey 77–76 San Antonio
Game 5 June 13 New Jersey 83–93 San Antonio
Game 6 June 15 San Antonio 88–77 New Jersey
Preceded by
2002
NBA Finals
2003
Succeeded by
2004
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