The San Antonio Spurs work collectively as a team so when one member charts an accomplishment, there had better be a win behind it or it will be overlooked. So when Tim Duncan passed NBA legend and former Washington Bullet (now Wizards) to move into 10th place in all time rebounding, oh and the other thing, tying Karl Malone for 5th all time in double-doubles, in the slim victory over the Pelicans mattered more.
There was Tim Duncan, now 10th all time rebounder and 5th all time double-doubler tipping in the go ahead basket with .7 seconds remaining. With Boris Diaw inbounding, Duncan, draped by Pelicans, flipped a shot into the bucket taking the game into the fourth overtime game in recent weeks.
“If you don’t get up for the Spurs, it’s tough,” New Orleans forward Anthony Davis said. “They’re a championship-caliber team. They bring it every night. That makes you put out your best performance and that’s just what we try to do when we play them.”
In overtime, the Spurs fell behind by six early on but the Spurs battled back off of two Manu buckets and then Tim Duncan was at the line. The first bucket went in giving the Spurs a two point advantage. Duncan missed the second on purpose forcing the Pelicans’ to lob a last second shot but to no avail. The Spurs walk out with a 95-93 victory.
There is little time to regroup as the Spurs next face the Washington Wizards tomorrow night. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so get yours now and help cheer on your Defending NBA Champion Spurs!