Tim Duncan Breaks All-Time Career NBA Playoff Double-Doubles Record

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

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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: 

23 Apr 1998:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs dribbles the ball around a player from the Phoenix Suns during a first round playoff game at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck
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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:

And, of course, Duncan probably doesn't care, even if we do: 

As Bleacher Report Milestones points out, they're not all of the points-and-rebounds variety either: 

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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. 

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?


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