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Tim Duncan breaks Magic Johnson’s and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s records

Jun 13, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes last night.

That’s a pretty ho-hum game, except when you consider it was the 126th time Duncan hit those numbers in a playoff game.

In the process, he broke a couple NBA records.

Duncan surpassed Magic Johnson in playoff double-doubles and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in career playoff minutes.

Here’s the top 10 all-time in postseason minutes:


In fact, Duncan has played more playoff minutes than NBA 19 franchises – even passing the Knicks last night.


After the game, Duncan was asked about breaking records held by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“I can appreciate you saying the names and having passed them in anything,” Duncan said. “It’s an honor to be in that position. Having won helps, obviously, but the focus is winning one more, and once that one more is done, I can look back and say, hey, it’s truly an honor.”

The Spurs are one win from allowing Duncan to reflect, but I can do it now. These are awesome accomplishments that are only small pieces of an incredible career.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Duncan- 5 rings
    Kobe- 5 rings
    Wade- 3 rings
    Why does LeBron get all the attention?

    • blueintown - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Because people hold strong enough opinions about him – positive and negative – that they would sight his name even when the attached post makes no mention of him at all.

      • savvybynature - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM


    • nycalldayz - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      You gotta ask espn? Ask today’s basketball bloggers.

    • azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I dunno. Maybe it’s because at the age of 29 he has played in 3 consecutive NBA Finals, 5 total, and won 2 of them?

      PS: Don’t let your hatred of LeBron distort your perception of reality.
      PSS: Duncan doesn’t have “5 rings” yet. Go Spurs!

      • moneyz2 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        It’s 4 consecutive NBA finals, Dallas, OKC, Spurs, spurs.
        Won 2 and loss 2 (if count this one).

        Kobe and shaq did go to 4 consecutive finals, won 3 loss 1.

      • azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Thanks moneyz2-

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Lol you should answer that question for all of us. You talk about him as much as anyone here.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      I dont know, maybe he helped Wade get 2 of his 3, maybe Kobe and Duncan have had longer careers?
      You cant judge Lebron against guys that have had multiple more chance than he has.

      You really are an annoying person. Why dont you worry about why theKnicks havent come close to a title since the 70s? Im not a Heat fan, but Jesus dude, you dont have 1 leg to stand on.

  2. icanhazblogs - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Tim Duncan – Breaking records and breaking the Heat
    Greatest PF of all time

    • loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      good golly…his reply was stoic and honorable. the guy is the Ghandi/MLK of the NBA. yeah, he is the best PF of all time. Timmmyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Except for that he plays center.

      • apkyletexas - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Nope. David Robinson, Ian Mahinmi, Fabricio Oberto, Tiaggo Splitter, DeJuan Blair – just a few of the many men who have started at Center for the Spurs over the years.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    That’s crazy that the Celtics are only 5th in playoff minutes. Goes to show how dominant they were in the 60s…

    • azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      There were a lot fewer playoff games in the ’60’s.

  4. azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    The Spurs may set a lot of records in these Finals:

    * The Spurs are the first team in the shot-clock era, which began in 1954, to shoot at least 55 percent in three Finals games – 58.8 in Game 1, 59.4 in Game 3, 57.1 in Game 4.

    * Shooting 54.2 percent through four games, the Spurs are on pace to break the Finals record for accuracy, currently held by the 1989 Pistons and 1991 Bulls at 52.7 percent.

    * The Spurs are pounding the Heat by 18.3 points per victory, and 13.3 points per game, both of which would be records for an NBA Finals.

    * With halftime leads of 21 and 19 points in Miami, the Spurs are the first team in Finals history to lead consecutive road games by at least 15 at the break. (Those are the third- and fifth-highest halftime road leads in Finals history.)

    * The Spurs have broken Finals records for shooting in a quarter (87.5 percent, Game 1) and a half (75.8 percent, Game 3), with the second-best quarter (86.7 percent, Game 3).

    * The Spurs led by 25 points in both Games 3 and 4, becoming the first team since the 2002 Los Angeles Lakers to lead by 20 plus points in consecutive Finals games.

    * The Spurs matched the 1977 Blazers as the only teams in Finals history to win back-to-back games by at least 19 points.

    Sources:,,, Arturo Galletti

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      You could have just said, “The Heat are receiving an A$$ WHOOPING of Epic Proportions,” and left it at that.

      • azarkhan - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Yes, but I wanted to give Anti-intelligent’s brain an a$$ whipping.

      • romestar82 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        man what happened to the heat tho?

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        @azarkhan, thankfully I don’t think we’ll be hearing from that turd for a long, long time.

  5. cruzan80 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Simply the greatest power forward to ever play the game….

  6. nycalldayz - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Basically Duncan is an all time great. He’s the product of a superstar being drafted by an organization with culture. Great coaching. Good drafting. Good scouting.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      He is not the product of a superstar, nycalldayz. He is the superstar.

      • nycalldayz - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        If u read carefully that is what I’m saying. READ!! The Spurs have consistently done a great job adding stars (Parker, Manui) and quality role players around Tim, during and post David Robinson era.

      • thekiller678 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Duncan put the team on his back in 2003 and basically won a title by himself. He could have carried that team without all the help. Probably not 4, soon to be 5, titles, but still they would have still been a great team

  7. djigel - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    All I have to say is that Duncan is still a joy to watch. Not a lot of flash – but if you watch the technical aspects of his game – it is still exceptional. Sit down with kids that want to play in the NBA for a long time and show them the way Timmy plays…..

  8. sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    For as great as Tim Duncan is, he’s still underrated…

    Better career than Kobe…

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