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Video / Jun 13, 2014 / 12:47 am

Dunkin’ Tim Duncan Passes Kareem & Magic In Playoff Milestones

Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh

Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

The 38-year-old leader of a Spurs team that’s one win away from five titles spread over three different decades reached a pair of significant playoff milestones during San Antonio’s dominating 107-86 win in Game 4 Thursday night. Tim Duncan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in all-time playoff minutes and Jabbar’s former Lakers teammate, Magic Johnson, in all-time double-doubles. Timmy!

Duncan moved past Kareem to become the all-time leader in playoff minutes despite playing three less seasons than Abdul-Jabbar’s 20; Duncan and the Spurs have appeared in the playoffs every season of his career (Kareem had a few duds with the late-70s Lakers), only missing one trip in 2000 with a meniscus tear. The Big Fundamental also passed Magic after putting up a double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a resounding Spurs win. It was double-double No. 158 in the playoffs, moving one past Magic.

When asked about the milestone after the game, Duncan almost let down his guard, but quickly remembered the Spurs have to go back home on Sunday and eliminate the 2-time defending champion Heat.

Gregg Popovich, being Popovich, was a little more crass when asked whether Duncan cares about the playoff records:

For us, though, it was Duncan’s slam on Chris Bosh after another passing display by the Spurs vivisected an overmatched Heat defense that summed up his historic night:

(video via YouTube user Ashok Gamer)

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  • Arno

    Unselfishness, ball movement, passing game. This is real hoops and a real treat. All this, of course, vs the most star loaded team, where iso on LBJ is considered a refined game plan. Maybe the Spurs are the ultimate NBA saviours.