Just when you thought that Tim Duncan might have finally succumbed to father time, he brought out the goods. Monday evening the San Antonio Spurs squeezed out a last-second victory at the AT&T Center and Timmy made history — he became the oldest player in NBA history to record a 20-point and 20-rebound game.
Duncan, 37 years and 221 days of age, dropped 23 points and grabbed 21 huge rebounds going up against Paul Millsap and Al Horford, leading his Spurs to their 15th win of the season.
Other than a terrific stat line, Duncan also knocked down the game-winner. He displayed some excellent timing on the final possession of the game, using Marco Belinelli’s pin-down screen to pop out into his comfort spot at the right elbow.
After he hit the shot, Duncan high-fived Manu Ginobili for the delivery and seemingly shook off the rust. The Spurs have not depended that much on Duncan’s production this season, as the future Hall of Famer has struggled. He is putting up career-lows across the board with 13.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and an abysmal 44.4% shooting from the field. His minutes are also down, but hopefully this performance helps Duncan climb out of the shooting slump.