At some point, the unbeatable aura surrounding the San Antonio Spurs had to come to an end, no matter how nasty they wanted to be. That point came on Thursday night when the team finally had its almighty 20-game winning streak snapped in a 102-82 blowout loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 (Boxscore here).
Tim Duncan had another off night, scoring just 11 points while shooting 5-of-15 from the field (he is shooting 31.7 percent overall in the series) and tied a playoff career-low with two rebounds.
He did have five blocks, though, and that put him in the record books. Duncan’s fourth block of the game on Serge Ibaka with 2:25 remaining in the second quarter gave him 477 career playoff blocks, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most career blocks in NBA playoff history. Check the video below:
A great feat indeed, but the TNT crew failed to mention something of significance in regards to the record-breaking blocks.
Indeed, our columnist Jan Hubbard was onto something. Duncan is not really the No. 1 shot-blocker of all time in the playoffs when you consider the fact that blocks did not become an official statistic until the 1973-1974 season. Abdul-Jabbar’s career began in the 1969-1970 season, meaning the blocks he accumulated in the first four seasons – arguably the most dominant statistical years of his career – were never accounted for in his first 41 postseason games. Suffice to say, he had plenty more than the listed 476 career playoff blocks.
Still, it remains a great historical accomplishment for the Big Fundamental, so hats off to him.
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James Park is a regular contributor and blogger for SheridanHoops.com. You can follow him on twitter @nbatupark.