Spurs' Big Three Ties Lakers' Trio for Most Playoff Wins in NBA History

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Spurs' Big Three Ties Lakers' Trio for Most Playoff Wins in NBA History
Eric Gay/Associated Press

As a result of Monday's 122-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, the long-time San Antonio Spurs big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili tied former "Showtime" Lakers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper for the NBA record for most postseason wins by a trio with 110, per NBA.com Stats.

In Monday's record-tying effort, Duncan led San Antonio with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Ginobili ranked second on the Spurs with 18 points and Parker secured a double-double of 14 points and 12 assists.

With Duncan hailing from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Parker from France and Ginobili from Argentina, each member of the international trio has spent his entire NBA career playing for the Spurs under head coach Gregg Popovich.

The elder statesman Duncan was drafted first overall in the 1997 draft and won an NBA championship in his second professional season.

Following its title-winning campaign, San Antonio selected Ginobili in the second round of the 1999 draft knowing he may spend a few more years playing in Italy.

Two years later, Parker was taken 28th overall out of France and immediately joined the Spurs as a 19-year-old rookie in 2001.

Ultimately, Ginobili came over from Europe ahead of the 2002-2003 season and the trio was finally formed.

That season, the Spurs finished tied for the league's best record at 60-22 and went on to win the NBA Finals in six games versus the New Jersey Nets.

Since then, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have made the playoffs in 11 consecutive seasons and have won two more championships (2005 and 2007).

Now with a 1-0 lead in the 2014 Western Conference Finals, it may not be long before the Spurs' Big Three claim another NBA record as they strive toward another championship ring in the process.

 

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