I have been reading Project 82 by Ryan McCallum. It is a daily journal chronicling the 2014-2015 Spurs season as they looked to defend their 2014 NBA Championship. I came across an entry this week that brought back some memories. In particular, the passage where he highlights Tim Duncan’s monumental 25,000th point.
On November 14, 2014, Tim Duncan scored his 25,000th point.
The play went off without a hitch. There was very little fanfare or acknowledgement of the achievement on the court. Pretty standard Tim Duncan response - get back on defense and play on.
As of this moment, it’s a feat only accomplished by twenty-two people. (You can hear an announcer in the video state he was the nineteenth player at the time.) They are the names you know . . . a gaggle of ex-Lakers, Michael Jordan, The Mailman, Dirk Nowitzki . . . legends of the game.
The night Duncan crossed into 25,000 territory the Spurs were in Los Angeles against his rivals Lakers and their head of the mamba, Kobe Bryant. Coincidentally, Matt Bonner outscored Kobe Bryant- in other words, the Red Mamba trumped the Black Mamba.
The Spurs won by 13, which was exactly what Duncan scored that night.
This season would end in a battle royale between the Spurs and Clippers in the first round which ended in a Game 7 circus shot by Chris Paul over Tim Duncan.
The Spurs GOAT would play one more season before retiring fifteenth in scoring all-time with 26,496 total points scored.
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