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Top 10 Moments of Tim Duncan’s Career So Far

The 10 Best Moments of Tim Duncan's Career So Far

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Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs locked up their fifth NBA championship this summer, and it is time to reflect on the greatest moments of his first 14 seasons. Regarded as the greatest power forward in NBA history, Duncan's achievements speak for themselves. Since 1997, Duncan has transformed a small-market team into a franchise that has won five championships since 1999. Here now are Duncan's 10 greatest moments in the NBA so far.

10. Duncan Wins His First MVP Award In 2002

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10. Duncan Wins His First MVP Award In 2002

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One season after finishing second in MVP voting to Allen Iverson, Duncan won his first MVP award during the 2001-02 season. He finished averaging 25.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.5 blocks in over 40 minutes a game. He was the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, second-leading rebounder and finished fourth in blocks. He also led the league with 67 double-doubles.

9. Duncan Scores Career-High 53 Points Against Dallas Mavericks In 2001

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9. Duncan Scores Career-High 53 Points Against Dallas Mavericks In 2001

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While Duncan's Spurs would eventually lose to the Mavericks in overtime, he single-handedly carried the load for San Antonio throughout the game, scoring a career-high 53 points. He hit 19-of-28 field goals and all 15 of his free throws.

8. Duncan Brings Spurs Back from 3-1 Hole to Almost Beat Dallas Mavericks in 2006 Western Conference Semifinals

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8. Duncan Brings Spurs Back from 3-1 Hole to Almost Beat Dallas Mavericks in 2006 Western Conference Semifinals

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Duncan's 32.2 points per game in the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals weren't enough to edge the Mavericks, but it wasn't for lack of trying. The Mavericks rushed out to a 3-1 lead in the series, but Duncan and the Spurs came back to force a Game 7 before losing 119-111 in Game 7. He posted over 30 points four times in the series, including a playoff career-high 41 in the Game 7 loss.

7. Duncan Stymies Favored Phoenix Suns In 2007 Western Conference Semifinals

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7. Duncan Stymies Favored Phoenix Suns In 2007 Western Conference Semifinals

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Prior to meeting Phoenix in the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals, the Suns had made it to the Western Conference Finals two years running, and Mike D'Antoni's lethal offense gave every team fits. During the series, Duncan scored 33 points and 16 rebounds in Game 1 and then scored another 33 to go along with 19 rebounds in a Game 3 victory. In the deciding Game 6, Duncan scored 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked nine shots.

6. Duncan Wins Finals MVP and Spurs Win First Championship In 1999 NBA Finals

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6. Duncan Wins Finals MVP and Spurs Get First Championship In 1999 NBA Finals

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After putting the Spurs up 3-1 against the New York Knicks with 28 points and 18 rebounds in Game 4, Duncan scored another 31 to put New York away for good in Game 5. In only his second season in the NBA (a lockout shortened season), Duncan led the Spurs to a Championship while losing just two games in the postseason: one against Minnesota and one against New York. Duncan averaged 23.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in the 1999 Playoffs.

5. Duncan Hits Apparent Game-Winning Shot Over Shaquille O'Neal In 2004 Western Conference Semifinals

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5. Duncan Hits Apparent Game-Winning Shot Over Shaquille O'Neal In 2004 Western Conference Semifinals

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After another convincing season with averages of 22.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.7 blocks, Duncan led the Spurs into the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Tied at two games apiece, Duncan made a contested fade away jump shot over Shaquille O'Neal which put the Spurs up 73-72 with 0.4 seconds left. However, Lakers point guard Derek Fisher hit a buzzer beater and the Lakers won 74-73.

4. Duncan Ends the Lakers' Run of Three Straight Titles In 2003 Western Conference Semifinals

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4. Duncan Ends the Lakers' Run of Three Straight Titles In 2003 Western Conference Semifinals

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From 2000 to 2002, the Los Angeles Lakers were the most dominant team in the NBA. and knocked San Antonio out of the playoffs in both 2001 and 2002. Duncan got revenge in 2003 and sent the Lakers home with a 37-point, 16-rebound outing in Game 6 of the 2003 Western Conference Semifinals. Duncan scored 15 points in the first quarter, making seven of his eight field goals shots, and the Spurs dismantled the Lakers 110-82.

3. Duncan Gets His Third Finals MVP and Beats Detroit Pistons In Game 7 of 2005 NBA Finals

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3. Duncan Gets His Third Finals MVP and Beats Detroit Pistons In Game 7 of 2005 NBA Finals

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Duncan willed San Antonio to its third championship against a stout Detroit Pistons' defense that was fresh off of beating the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals. Despite facing Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace for most of the series, Duncan averaged 20.6 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks during the seven-game series. Duncan earned his third Finals MVP award and helped hold Detroit under 80 points in three of their four wins.

2. Duncan Gets Second Ring, Clinching 2003 NBA Finals With Near Quadruple-Double

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2. Duncan Gets Second Ring, Clinching 2003 NBA Finals With Near Quadruple-Double

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Tim Duncan was named Finals MVP for the second time in 2003, and his performance in the NBA Finals was one of the most dominant in NBA history. In six games against the New Jersey Nets, Duncan recorded an NBA Finals-record 31 blocks and averaged 24.2 points, 17.0 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, and 5.3 assists (a team-best in each category). In the decisive Game 6 against New Jersey, Duncan had 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocks.

1. Duncan Gets Fifth Ring, Gets Revenge Against Miami In 2014 NBA Finals

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1. Duncan Gets Fifth Ring, Gets Revenge Against Miami In 2014 NBA Finals

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After a gut wrenching loss in the 2013 NBA Finals to the Miami Heat, Duncan led the Spurs back to the NBA Finals in 2014 and a rematch against LeBron James and the Heat. The rematch was no contest as Duncan and the Spurs dominated Miami, winning the series in five games. At age 37, Duncan averaged 15.4 points per game, 10 rebounds per game and two assists per game as the Spurs won each of their game by more than 15 points.

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