In 2003, Duncan was coming off another stellar season. The San Antonio Spurs knocked off a Los Angeles Lakers team on a quest for their fourth straight title, and a young Dirk Nowitki in the Western Conference Finals.
San Antonio found themselves in the finals for the first time since 1999, with nothing but Jason Kidd’s Nets standing in their way.
However, things were different this time around.
During their first finals trip, David Robinson was the guy. This time, it was Duncan’s team. He was the centerpiece and the player that the team would lean on.
Duncan had been a monster during the playoffs, with 24 points and 11 rebounds and a true shooting percentage of 56. Duncan was the focal point of defensive attention and the Nets still couldn’t stop him. The stellar play from Duncan helped San Antonio to the point where they were one win away from winning the 2003 NBA title.
San Antonio needed one more great game. Duncan didn’t disappoint.
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