As the San Antonio Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference Finals series against the Thunder, Tim Duncan turned back the clock.
Just before halftime, Manu Ginobili found Duncan for a throwback slam over Serge Ibaka. While Ibaka led the league with 3.7 blocked shots per game this season, he wasn't getting his hands on this one.
Rising up, Duncan attacked the hoop hard and dunked over the NBA's leading shot-blocker this season. Putting the Spurs up 11, the dunk also hyped up his teammates as Stephen Jackson led a bench celebration on the sideline.
Adding to the highlight is Reggie Miller's call. While opinions widely vary on Miller, it's always cool when a former player gets excited over a play made by an opponent they've faced off against for years.
As someone who put in an 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, Miller has a thing or two in common with Duncan, currently in his 15th year with the same team that drafted him.
In an NBA where so few stars end up finishing out a career where they started, the underlying story of this possession stood out as much as the surprise dunk from Duncan.
There's been a lot of chatter about the Spurs and Duncan this postseason. Will we start appreciating him the way he deserves to be, or will all be forgotten next season in our quest to discover the next big thing?
Either way, on Tuesday night in San Antonio, Duncan reminded us all that it's still his time.
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