2000: Tim Duncan leads San Antonio Spurs to late outburst
This is where the stat-lines start to get even crazier. Duncan had two 40+ point, 14-rebound performances this season, but his game against Utah was the best of the two. San Antonio was in a 68-59 hole entering the fourth quarter when Tim Duncan led a furious rally to give the Spurs a 34-18 fourth-quarter advantage.
When all was said and done, Duncan finished with 46 points and 14 rebounds on 16-of-28 from the field and 14-of-16 from the free throw line. He accounted for nearly half of the Spurs' total points and still led the team to victory despite only one teammate scoring in double figures (Terry Porter with 16).
2001: Spurs fall short, but Duncan drops 35 and 21
This is the first loss on the list, but the numbers were so eye-popping that I couldn't choose any other game. Although the New Jersey Nets protected home court in a February 2001 matchup, Tim Duncan had a dominant performance, scoring 35 points and snatching 21 rebounds. Stephon Marbury, who was frequently a thorn in the Spurs' side, led all scorers with 38 points and helped the Nets to a narrow 99-97 win.
2002: Tim Duncan sets a career-high with 53 points
In a game in which Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, and Michael Finley all played over 50 minutes, it was Steve Nash that saved the day for Dallas. In a day-after-Christmas battle in the 2001-02 season, Tim Duncan was a one-man wrecking crew against the Mavericks. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough in an overtime thriller.
Duncan put up a career-high 53 points and added 11 boards and three blocks, but the highest any of his teammates scored was David Robinson with 13. Meanwhile, the Mavericks had Dirk with 26, Finley with 28, and Nash with 27, including the go-ahead 3-point dagger with 0.6 seconds left in overtime. Still, Tim shot 19-of-28 from the field and 15-of-15 from the line. Madness.
2003: Tim Duncan has the greatest NBA Finals game ever
When the New Jersey Nets were knocking on the door of forcing a Game 7 in the 2003 NBA Finals, Tim Duncan showed why he was the NBA's MVP for the second straight year. Down 63-57 heading into the final frame, Duncan led a Spurs' charge in which they scored 31 while holding the Nets to 14.
Here's Tim Duncan's line. Keep in mind; this was an NBA Finals closeout game:
21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 blocks
To further add to this, there are multiple videos breaking down the fact that Duncan actually had 10 blocks in the game, with this video showing and numbering each one. Crazily enough, he would've been the third Spur out of a total of five players that have ever tallied a quadruple-double.
2004: Just another 30+, 20+ night for the Big Fundamental
Remember that time the Minnesota Timberwolves made the Western Conference Finals? Yeah, me neither. But in 2004, their core of Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell, and Sam Cassell were all in their prime and rolling all season long.
In January 2004, it was another case of Tim Duncan versus everyone as he couldn't quite do enough to lead to a home win. Tim finished with 36 points, 20 rebounds, and seven assists in the game to lead all scorers, but the Spurs fell 100-93.