- Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer
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A win in Indiana against the sputtering Pacers is all that separates the San Antonio Spurs from recording the best March in NBA history.
The Spurs are 15-0 this month entering Monday night’s showdown with the East-leading Pacers in Indy. If San Antonio can capitalize on the night off it enjoyed while Indy was losing Sunday afternoon in Cleveland -- and then traveling -- Gregg Popovich & Co. will have matched the 16-0 mark in March 1996 turned in by the Bob Hill-coached Spurs that stands as a league record.
Only two other teams in NBA history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, have gone unbeaten in March. Pat Riley’s New York Knicks went 14-0 in March 1994 en route to the NBA Finals. And Larry Costello’s Milwaukee Bucks went 13-0 in March 1973, only to lose in the first round of the playoffs to Golden State as a Western Conference team. Hill’s Spurs were ousted in the second round of the 1996 postseason by Utah.
The best March record from an eventual NBA champion, Elias says, is Miami’s 17-1 mark in March 2013.
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