Spurs' Tim Duncan Breaks Playoff Minutes and Double-Doubles Records in Finals

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Spurs' Tim Duncan Breaks Playoff Minutes and Double-Doubles Records in Finals
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San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan became the all-time leader in NBA playoffs double-doubles during last Thursday's NBA Finals Game 4 rout of the Miami Heat, per NBA.com/stats. The double-double was his 158th such effort in the playoffs, moving Duncan past Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall of Fame inductee Ervin "Magic" Johnson, who had 157 such games throughout a 13-season career.

Duncan netted 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Game 4, contributing to the Spurs' team effort, while also breaking the tie atop the playoffs double-double list. The Spurs were in complete control of Game 4 all evening as Miami’s only lead was 2-0 in the first minute on a Chris Bosh layup.

Thus, Duncan's playing time, points scored and rebounds were spread out over all four quarters. He got his 10th rebound with 9:31 left in the fourth, and he scored his 10th point on a layup with 5:30 left in the game, per NBA.com.

In comparing the two playoffs double-double kings, Magic, who was a point guard and started the majority of Lakers possessions with the ball, needed 190 playoff games for his 157 double-doubles, while low-post threat Duncan required 233.

Also in Thursday's Game 4 victory, Duncan logged 31 minutes of playing time to gain sole possession of first place on the all-time playoffs minutes list. Duncan passed Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who qualified for the postseason in 18 of his 20 campaigns, retiring with 8,851 playoff minutes to his name.

Per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter, going into Game 4, Duncan needed just 14 minutes to pass Abdul-Jabbar. He reached that mark early in the third quarter, and ultimately finished the game with 31 minutes. After logging another 34 in Sunday's Game 5 clincher, Duncan stands at 8,901 career playoff minutes, 50 ahead of Abdul-Jabbar.

With all of the retired players in Duncan's rearview mirror, it appears that the biggest threat to his all-time playoff minutes record is Miami Heat forward LeBron James, who is already 6,717 minutes deep at the age of 29.

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