January 22, 2013 |
The comeback attempt was impressive, but the 76ers discovered firsthand why the San Antonio Spurs are considered major contenders in the NBA's loaded Western Conference. Trailing by 14 points at halftime and seven entering the fourth quarter Monday night, the Sixers led by as many as seven points with less than four minutes left. Then, like the veteran team they are, the Spurs began executing down the stretch. In the end it was too much. Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds in San Antonio's 90-85 win over the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 18, 1996 |
There were times when he just wanted to sit down, Tim Duncan admitted. Wake Forest's center had lost 10 pounds to the flu over the last week. Yesterday, he was dragging himself up and down the court. "Towards the end, I had very little left," Duncan said. Duncan played 38 minutes, and the Demon Deacons needed them all. They barely survived, 65-62, over a speedball of a Texas Longhorns team in the second round of the Midwest Regional. "Our problem in the first half was we were not used to their speed," said Wake Forest coach Dave Odom.
March 22, 1995 |
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West turned some heads recently when he bestowed the title of best college player in the nation on an 18-year- old who has been playing basketball for just five years, most of them on a Caribbean island. In just two years, Wake Forest center Tim Duncan has gone from playing pickup games on St. Croix to being one of the top performers of this NCAA tournament. Duncan might not have started the journey at all if Hurricane Hugo hadn't swept across the Virgin Islands in 1989 and blown a bay window through a bedroom his mother and sister were sleeping in, and torn a neighbor's roof off, and mangled the swimming pool Duncan used for training.
June 8, 2007 |
The San Antonio Spurs have perfected the art of squeezing the life out of their opponents, like a boa constrictor collapsing the breathing capabilities of its prey. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night, the Spurs harassed and banged the Cleveland Cavaliers into submission through three quarters, and by the time the Cavaliers got their second wind in the fourth, San Antonio was coasting downhill en route to an 85-76 victory at the AT&T Center. The Spurs built a five-man wall to defend LeBron James, playing in his first Finals.
May 19, 1997 |
In hopes of winning the top pick, 76ers president Pat Croce took all the lucky charms and amulets he could find to yesterday's NBA draft lottery. He decided he'd overlooked something, though. "Divine intervention," Croce said. "I snuck out of church a little early this morning. I should've just stayed for Mass. " The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot in the drawing of Ping-Pong balls, getting the right to select consensus No. 1 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest's all-American center.
January 5, 1997 |
Already their point guard was on the bench. Tony Rutland sat with his hand on his chin and his right knee wrapped in ice, and then something much worse happened. There was a fight for a rebound, some shoving and bumping, and maybe it was a knee to his abdomen or maybe an elbow, but in an eye blink, there was Tim Duncan, the best college basketball player in the country, almost certainly the NBA No. 1 draft pick, rolling on the floor, howling first, then trying to catch his breath.
June 19, 1999 |
Knicks 67 Spurs 80 In two days, the New York Knicks will get another opportunity to show whether they can be competitive against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. That is all that can be said right now. San Antonio used size, cohesiveness, focus, and too much Tim Duncan to humble the Knicks last night in Game 2. Duncan had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. David Robinson added 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. And the Spurs held New York scoreless over a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as they upended the Knicks, 80-67, in front of 39,554 at the Alamodome.
May 13, 2005 |
Ray Allen scored 20 points, had seven rebounds and seven assists as host Seattle beat defending champion San Antonio, 92-91, last night, in their Western Conference second-round series. San Antonio leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1. The Sonics' Antonio Daniels added 18 points and Jerome James had 15. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Noteworthy Nets general manager Ed Stefanski (Archbishop Carroll High, Penn) signed a multiyear contract extension.
January 16, 2009 |
The Elton Brand Watch continued yesterday, and Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said the power forward has an outside chance of playing tonight when the San Antonio Spurs invade the Wachovia Center. Brand has been out since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a Dec. 17 game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He returned to practice on Monday. "He'll be a game-time decision," DiLeo said after the team went through a brief workout at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "There are still other factors, but I'm definitely optimistic," said Brand, who has taken some hits in practice the last few days.
May 2, 2002 |
The Seattle SuperSonics have pushed their series to a Game 5, and it wasn't all that difficult against a San Antonio Spurs team missing Tim Duncan and David Robinson. Gary Payton had his second career playoff triple-double with 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and rookie Vladimir Radmanovic scored 23 to lead Seattle to a 91-79 victory over the visiting Spurs last night, tying their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Game 5 of the best-of-five series will be tomorrow night in San Antonio (9:30, TNT)