In case you haven’t heard, the fellas out at Basket-Ball Reference undertook a huge project of finding each and every NBA box score since the league’s formation in 1946.
From Wilt’s 100-point game to San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson’s quadruple-double against the Detroit Pistons, if there was an NBA game, they will definitely have the box score.
“A few years ago, someone had pointed us in the direction of this guy named Dick Pfander, who lives in Michigan,” Kubatko said. “They said, ‘You’ve got to get in touch with him. He’s undertaking a personal project going through old microfilm and making scans of every box score in NBA history.’ Of course, we were intrigued by that.”
So if you are like me Spurs fans, you got to be wondering what was Spurs’ first box score once they made their debut in the NBA after being merged from the ABA. Well, here you go.
San Antonio and George “Iceman” Gervin made their NBA debut on October 22, 1976 against the Philadelphia 76ers and Julius “Dr. J” Erving with a 121-118. Interesting to note, in the franchise’s NBA debut, Gervin didn’t lead the team in scoring but were led by “The Whopper” Billy Paultz with 27 points and Gervin fouled out with 19 points.
Another interesting fact is even when the Spurs entered into the NBA, San Antonio had to deal with Kobe Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and the 76ers were led by Doug Collins with 30 points.