Greatest NBA Finals performance no one talks about

Tim Duncan wins his 2nd of five NBA championship rings in 2003.
Tim Duncan wins his 2nd of five NBA championship rings in 2003.
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Tim Duncan won his 2nd of five championship rings in 2003. In the series clincher his stat line read 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 blocks but he actually had recorded a quadruple double. The proof is in the video from game 6 of the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets.

The greatest power forward of all-time

Tim Duncan's five rings lead the resume for the greatest power forward of all-time.

Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward in NBA history bar none. From his smoothness to his defense, the St. Croix native is a two time NBA MVP and a 3-time NBA Finals MVP.

He has been selected 15 times as an NBA All-Star, All-NBA selection and to the All-Defensive team. Out of those All-NBA teams, he was named to the First Team ten times and he’s an eight time 1st Team All-Defense too.


He was NBA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1997 and All-Star Game MVP in 2000. Timmy was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall-of-Fame in 2021.

Tim Duncan Rings

Tim Duncan has won five NBA championship rings in six NBA Finals appearances. Winning his first four Finals trips in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. He won NBA Finals MVP in his first three Finals appearances.

Tim Duncan became the backbone of Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs on day one when he was drafted with the first overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest University.

It only took until his 2nd season in the NBA for Tim Duncan to start winning rings and becoming known as one of the most talented and skilled power forwards in NBA history.

The Finest Moment

in 2003, Tim Duncan captured the 2nd of his five rings.

Tim Duncan was going for his 2nd ring entering the 2002-03 season. It had been four years since “The Big Fundamental” had led the San Antonio Spurs to the 1999 NBA championship.

In 2003, you were seeing the best power forward to ever play the game at the pinnacle of his greatness. Duncan was the current NBA MVP, winning the award in back-to-back seasons. (2002-2003)

From his rookie season until 2004-05, Tim finished in the top five in MVP voting each and every season. Winning the MVP or being the runner-up, four straight seasons from 2001-2004.


Tim Duncan being defended by Shaquille O'Neal.

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in the playoffs and looking for a fourth straight NBA championship in the spring of 2003. Kobe Bryant & Shaquille O’Neal’s Lakers had eliminated the Spurs in both 2001 & 2002. San Antonio only managed one victory against these Lakers in the playoffs in those seasons.

Duncan’s Spurs got swept in 2001 and lost 4-1 in 2002. When these two Western Conference powers met for the third straight year in the 2003 playoffs, “The Big Fundamental” would get his revenge, forcing Los Angeles to abdicate its crown.

Duncan averaged 28.0 points-per-game, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 blocks in the six game Western Conference Semi-Finals victory.

2003 NBA Finals

Tim Duncan won his 2nd of five championship rings in 2003.

Tim Duncan’s quest for rings continued in 2003 as the Spurs faced off with the repeat Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets.

The Spurs took a 3-2 series lead and then in game 6, Tim Duncan put on one of the greatest single game NBA Finals clinching performances of all-time. His line ran up looked like 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 blocks.

Tim Duncan came close to registering a quadruple double or was his triple double actually a quadruple double?

Quadruple Double

In 2003, Tim Duncan picked up the 2nd of his five NBA championship rings with a triple double that was just two blocks short of a quadruple double.

When I set out to write this I didn’t know that Timmy actually had a quadruple double but after reviewing the footage I now agree that he was robbed out of two blocks and had 10 in this championship clinching game.


the mistakes

The two mistakes on calls came within a couple minutes of each other, the first was at 6:43 left in the 3rd quarter, a Kerry Kittles layup that was ruled as a deflection. With closer inspection, it’s obvious Kittles was shooting and was denied on his attempt by Duncan at the basket.

The second missed block was actually a recorded block, just to the wrong player. David Robinson was given credit for a block on Kenyon Martin but it is quickly identified that Tim Duncan had his hand on top of the ball before “the Admiral” did.

Duncan’s official stat line is legendary but the quadruple double that he should’ve had, would’ve been next level special. Regardless this legendary player had a historic career and even though this is only one game, it’s maybe his finest ever, given what was at stake.

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