Tim Duncan just can't stop making history.
On the same night he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to set the all-time record for the most minutes played in playoff history, "The Big Fundamental" moved past another Los Angeles Lakers legend on the historical leaderboard.
This time, the legend is Magic Johnson, and the record is most playoff double-doubles, as ESPN tweeted late in the Game 4 proceedings:
Tim Duncan is now the all-time double-doubles leader in NBA Playoffs history. pic.twitter.com/qKr889uJFT— ESPN (@espn) June 13, 2014
How can you not just shake your head at that? It's unbelievably impressive, the result of greatness that has been sustained for well over a decade. Even Magic himself congratulated the man who surpassed him, though he still holds the triple-double record:
Congrats to Tim Duncan the new All-Time NBA Playoff Double-Double Leader!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 13, 2014
And, of course, Duncan probably doesn't care, even if we do:
"I can assure you he doesn't care." - Gregg Popovich on Tim Duncan setting the career playoff minutes and double-double records.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 13, 2014
As Bleacher Report Milestones points out, they're not all of the points-and-rebounds variety either:
While Russell, O'Neal, Chamberlain, and Duncan almost exclusively earned their respective rankings via the point-rebound variety of the double-double, Johnson's leading total includes a healthy mixture of point-rebound and point-assist performances.
Duncan finished the Game 4 blowout with 10 points and 11 rebounds, giving him a rather nondescript line, at least by his standards. But the record he set is anything but, especially seeing as it involves passing a player like Magic.
For those of you who are curious, Duncan's first postseason double-double came during his very first foray into the playoffs. As a precocious rookie just a few days shy of turning 22 years old, the big man torched Antonio McDyess and the Phoenix Suns for 32 points and 10 rebounds in a six-point victory.
Duncan on breaking records: "It's an honor to ... When that one more is done, I can look back and say that is truly an honor."— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) June 13, 2014
He'd never look back.
Duncan has established himself as one of the greatest players in NBA history, and not just at his position. At this point, it's awfully difficult to consider him anything but a top-10 guy, and he has a chance to earn an even higher designation by the time he pulls the plug on his legendary career.
"One of these days, it will be like the middle of the third quarter or something like that, and I’ll see him walking toward the exit," Gregg Popovich told San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald, referring to Duncan's inevitable retirement at some point in the near future. But even if he did that right after these Finals, he'd be pretty safe.
After all, none of the other players in the top four for career double-doubles in the playoffs are still active.
Just add it to the ever-growing resume.
Can you say Hall of Fame?