Tim Duncan: San Antonio Spurs Star's Best Playoff Games (Video)

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 8, 2012

Tim Duncan: San Antonio Spurs Star's Best Playoff Games (Video)

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    The San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of contending for their fifth NBA title in franchise history, and future Hall of Fame power forward Tim Duncan has been around for the previous four.

    The 36-year-old was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by San Antonio, and the Spurs have yet to miss the playoffs since.

    Duncan is in his 15th NBA season and has already accomplished nearly everything a great player can. He has countless All-Star appearances, two league MVP awards and even three Finals MVPs.

    Duncan averages an impressive double-double for his career in the postseason (22.5 PPG and 12.3 RPG) and ranks seventh all-time in career points scored in the playoffs (more than 4,000).

    Quite simply, Duncan's postseason dominance cannot be appropriately summarized by one game in particular. 

    Join Bleacher Report as we take a trip back in time to revisit some of Tim Duncan's best playoff performances.

Honorable Mention: Game 7 of 2006 Western Conference Semifinals vs. Dallas Mavericks

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    It's tough to find any good footage of this game on YouTube, but to leave it off this list would be an absolute injustice.

    Tim Duncan torched the Mavericks for 41 points in a deciding Game 7 in the 2006 Western Conference semifinal in San Antonio, but the defending champion Spurs would fall to Dallas, 119-111 on their home floor.

    Duncan played 50 minutes in a game that needed overtime, finishing with 15 rebounds and six assists to go along with his 41 points. Duncan shot 50 percent from the field and made 17 of 23 free throws. 

Game 3 of 2003 Western Conference Finals vs. Dallas Mavericks

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    Tim Duncan helped the Spurs reclaim home-court advantage in their 2003 Western Conference finals matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, posting a ridiculous 34 points, 24 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. 

    Duncan shot a solid 12-of-19 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the foul line, leading San Antonio to a 2-1 series lead despite only getting a total of four points from its bench.

Game 1 of 1999 NBA Finals vs. New York Knicks

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    Tim Duncan set the tone for the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the 1999 NBA Finals, scoring 33 points and racking up 16 rebounds to lead the team to a 12-point win at home.

    Duncan shot 62 percent from the field and shut down the Knicks' bigs on defenses. 

    The Spurs would go on to win the series 4-1 and claim the first NBA championship in the history of the franchise.

    Remarkably, 1999 was just Duncan's second postseason as a pro.

Game 2 of 2001 Western Conference Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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    Though the Spurs were swept out of the NBA playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals in 2001, they made a deep run thanks to the strong all-around play of Tim Duncan. 

    In Game 2 of the L.A. series, Duncan scored nearly half of San Antonio's points. After 48 minutes of play, his stat line read: 40 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and four blocks.

    Despite Duncan's 15-of-26 effort from the floor and perfect 9-of-9 mark at the foul line, the Spurs fell 88-81 to the Lakers. 

Game 1 of 2008 Western Conference First Round vs. Phoenix Suns

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    Tim Duncan willed the San Antonio Spurs to a win in Game 1 of their 2008 Western Conference first-round series against the Phoenix Suns.

    Duncan sank his only three-point attempt of the game with three seconds to go in the first overtime period to tie the game at 104-104. 

    The Spurs would go on to win in the second overtime behind Duncan's 40 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Duncan shot 16-of-24 from the floor in 51 minutes of action.

    San Antonio would go on to win the series 4-1 before eventually falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

Game 6 of 2003 NBA Finals vs. New Jersey Nets

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    Tim Duncan nearly recorded a quadruple-double in San Antonio's series-clinching win over the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Finals.

    Duncan finished with an incredible stat line: 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocks.

    Duncan played 46 out of a possible 48 minutes that night and led the Spurs to their second championship in five seasons. It remains one of the most dominant NBA Finals performances in history. 

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