San Antonio Spurs History

Tim Duncan's best stat-stuffing game for each season

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2005: Tim Duncan scores 30 and is still outshined by Manu Ginobili

While 2003 was the year of Tim Duncan during that title run, 2005 was the year of Manu Ginobili. On January 21, 2005, it was Manu's time to set a career-high, as he shot 16-for-22 and 5-for 7 from deep to finish the night with 48 points.

Duncan did his part and more, scoring 30 points and pulling down 19 boards to help the Spurs secure a 128-123 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns. San Antonio would continue giving the Suns nightmares in that year's playoffs, knocking them out in five games to advance to and win the NBA Finals for the third time.

2006: Tim Duncan leaves it all on the floor in crushing defeat

To anyone watching the San Antonio Spurs in the 2006 playoffs, I apologize for bringing up this game. Yes, this is the infamous "Ginobili foul on Dirk" game that saw the Mavericks prevail in a Game 7 overtime.

Still, it's hard to argue with the numbers. Duncan finished with 41 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks in the game, but the Spurs ended up going home earlier than expected against their division rivals.

2007: Another meeting with Phoenix, another classic performance

Finishing with a 61-21 record, the 2007 Phoenix Suns appeared ready to finally exorcise their playoff demons after blasting through the Lakers in the first round as the two seed. Then, they met Tim Duncan and the Spurs once again. The two teams split the first couple of games in Phoenix, and then Duncan had a vintage performance to regain the series lead in Game 3.

Making 12-of-19 field goals, Duncan poured in 33 points and snagged 19 rebounds in 41 minutes. The Spurs won 108-101, eventually pulling out the series in six games and capturing their fourth title against the Cavaliers.

2008: Tim Duncan's miracle 3-pointer shocks the Suns

It honestly wasn't my intent to pick on the Suns with this list, but Tim Duncan just really played well against them just about every time. This classic game featured an all-time great playoff moment, as the Spurs were in desperate need of a three to force a second overtime when this happened:

The 3-pointer was Duncan's first of the year and was one of 40 points he scored in the contest to pair with his 15 rebounds. The Spurs went on to eliminate Phoenix once again, this time in five games.

This moment got more than one shoutout in a post from earlier this week sharing favorite Tim Duncan moments by fans.

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