On an ordinary Saturday night, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the New York Knicks 106-98, in a regular season matchup. With that win, the Spurs made NBA history by beating every team at least once, for three straight seasons.
Spurs are the first team to beat every other NBA team at least once in 3 consecutive seasons since Philadelphia’s 7 straight from 1974-81.
— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) March 26, 2017
The last team to defeat every other team three consecutive times were the Philadelphia 76ers, who did it 7 straight years from 1974 to 1981. They also did it when there were only 18 teams in the NBA.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 26, 2017
The Spurs have the second-best record in the NBA’s Western Conference (56-16). They have been nothing short of excellence this season. There are a lot of great teams in the NBA as of now, and to beat everyone of them at least once for three straight years is a great accomplishment. With the current injury of Kevin Durant (w/ the Warriors), the Spurs can expect to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Kawhi Leonard has played a huge role for the Spurs this season. He is their main guy and also an MVP candidate. He is having the best year of his career, averaging 26.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, shooting 37.9 percent from behind the arc, and 48.5 from the field. Kawhi is also a Defensive Player of the Year candidate once again, after winning it the past two years. He has shown great leadership after the retirement of NBA legend Tim Duncan.
The Spurs are not the only team that will potentially get this accolade. The Golden State Warriors have also beaten every team in the NBA the past two seasons. They will have to beat the Spurs in their final meeting of the regular season, and the Washington Wizards in their final regular season meeting.
This will put another impressive stat line on Spurs’ coach Grep Popovich’s resume. They have been one of the best teams in the NBA throughout the years and have no sign of slowing down.