Tim Duncan is preparing to face LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.
If the San Antonio Spurs are going to avenge last year’s heartbreaking Finals loss to the Heat, Duncan will need to dominate in the paint as he has done so many times throughout his illustrious career.
Just how dominant has the future Hall of Famer been when at his best?
Duncan’s game logs speak for themselves. Here are the top five most ridiculous box scores from Tim Duncan’s career.
#1) May 23, 2003 vs. Dallas Mavericks (Playoff Game)
Duncan’s Box Score: 34 PTS, 24 REB, 6 AST, 6 BLK
Tim Duncan has won four NBA titles and he has put up some monster playoff games in his career. His 34 points, 24 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks against the Dallas Mavericks in 2003 helped the Spurs to a 4-2 victory in the Western Conference Finals before beating the New Jersey Nets for the title. Per basketball-reference, since the 1985-86 season, Tim Duncan is the only player to put up a 34-24-6-6 playoff game.
#2) December 26, 2001 vs. Dallas Mavericks
Duncan’s Box Score: 53 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 3 BLK, 19-28 FG, 15-15 FT
It took 50 minutes and an overtime session, but Tim Duncan scored a career-high 53 points on just 28 field goal attempts against the Dallas Mavericks. Duncan’s 53 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks was one of the most incredible individual performances in recent NBA history. Since the 1985-86 season, only two players have gone for at least 53-11-4-3: Tim Duncan and Michael Jordan.
#3) June 15, 2003 vs. New Jersey Nets (Playoff Game)
Duncan’s Box Score: 21 PTS, 20 REB, 10 AST, 8 BLK
Timmy D has dropped seven career triple doubles, but none were more impressive than the 21 point, 20 rebound, 10 assist, eight block masterpiece he put up against the New Jersey Nets to clinch the 2003 NBA Finals. ESPN called Duncan’s game “among the greatest individual efforts in NBA Finals history.”
#4) April 19, 2008 vs. Phoenix Suns (Playoff Game)
Duncan’ Box Score: 40 PTS, 15 REB, 5 AST, 3 BLK, 16-23 FG
In yet another playoffs masterpiece, Tim Duncan lit up the Suns in a Spurs victory. But forget about his jaw-dropping numbers. This game will always be remembered for Duncan’s clutch 3-pointer with 3.0 seconds left to tie the game and send it to a second overtime. It was Duncan’s first 3-pointer of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
#5) December 5, 2003 vs. Orlando Magic
Duncan’s Box Score: 47 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK
While 47 and 12 normally look good, Duncan should feel guilty for abusing an Orlando team that came in on a 17-game losing streak. Thanks to Duncan’s dominance, Orlando left on an 18-game losing streak.