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Basketball: San Antonio Spurs set NBA attendance record

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The Spurs are going through tough times in sport. For their 50th birthday, they are playing at their former home ground – and 68,323 spectators came against the champions Golden State Warriors – a record.

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The San Antonio Spurs have set an attendance record in the North American basketball professional league NBA. They lost 113-144 (60-74) to champions Golden State Warriors in front of 68,323 spectators at the Alamodome.

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The previous largest crowd for an NBA regular season game was in March 1998 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta when the Hawks played Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls with 62,046 spectators.

The Spurs have played their home games at the AT&T Center for years, but now returned to their former home ground for the 50th anniversary of their franchise. Longtime Spurs captain David Robinson announced the record at the end of the third quarter: “Spurs fans have again set the benchmark for the league.”

In terms of sport, coach Gregg Popovich’s team is going through one of their worst seasons. The clear defeat against the Warriors was the 30th of the season – with only 13 wins. Champion Golden State, on the other hand, showed what was probably his best performance of the season in front of the record crowd, with eight players scoring in double digits.

Wagner brothers lose

The Orlando Magic with the Wagner brothers lost 108-112 to the Utah Jazz. Franz Wagner was the best shooter in his team with 26 points and also showed a strong performance with five rebounds and four ball wins. After converting five three-pointers, Wagner missed two important three-pointers in the final minute. Shortly before the end, the Magic took a one-point lead after being behind for a long time, but gave it up again. Moritz Wagner scored eleven points.

The New York Knicks with Isaiah Hartenstein won 112:108 against the Washington Wizards. Hartenstein contributed eight points and seven rebounds to the win.

Source: Stern

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