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Tim Duncan's 21 greatest games against the Rockets

July 12,2016 04:10

Much like his entire career, Tim Duncan was rarely flashy against the Houston Rockets, but he produced plenty. In 70 games against the Rockets, the future Hall of Famer averaged 19 points and 10.2 rebounds – almost right on track with his career ...



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Tim Duncan went 48-22 in his career against the Rockets, averaging 19 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.Browse through the photos to see the future Hall of Famer's 21 best games against the Rockets.
Tim Duncan went 48-22 in his career against the Rockets, averaging 19 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Browse through the photos to see the future Hall of Famer's 21 best games against the Rockets.

Photo: Edward A. Ornelas, San Antonio Express-News

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March 2, 1999: 23 points, 14 reboundsIn the Spurs' first championship season, Duncan more than held his own against the Rockets' Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon. In this 99-82 Spurs win, Duncan had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. Barkley and Olajuwon had 16 and 12 points, respectively. less
March 2, 1999: 23 points, 14 rebounds
In the Spurs' first championship season, Duncan more than held his own against the Rockets' Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon. In this 99-82 Spurs win, Duncan had 23 ... more

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Dec. 15, 1999: 20 points, 10 reboundsThis wasn't a great Rockets team - Thomas Hamilton started at center in place of an injured Hakeem Olajuwon - but Duncan put in his usual 20-10 performance, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks in an 83-77 Spurs win. less
Dec. 15, 1999: 20 points, 10 rebounds
This wasn't a great Rockets team - Thomas Hamilton started at center in place of an injured Hakeem Olajuwon - but Duncan put in his usual 20-10 performance, scoring 20 ... more

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Feb. 20, 2000: 25 points, 11 reboundsHakeem Olajuwon - having to contend with both Tim Duncan and David Robinson - had 21 points and nine rebounds, but Duncan was the star of the Spurs' 113-111 win with 25 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. less
Feb. 20, 2000: 25 points, 11 rebounds
Hakeem Olajuwon - having to contend with both Tim Duncan and David Robinson - had 21 points and nine rebounds, but Duncan was the star of the Spurs' 113-111 win with 25 ... more

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Dec. 19, 2000: 25 points, 15 reboundsTim Duncan shot 11 of 18 from the field, scoring 25 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking three shots in the Spurs' 86-79 win.
Dec. 19, 2000: 25 points, 15 rebounds
Tim Duncan shot 11 of 18 from the field, scoring 25 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking three shots in the Spurs' 86-79 win.

Photo: TIM JOHNSON, AP

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Feb. 3, 2001: 28 points, 11 reboundsOn a night when the Rockets' Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley scored 29 and 28 points, respectively, Tim Duncan was just as good with 28 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in a 90-88 Spurs win. less
Feb. 3, 2001: 28 points, 11 rebounds
On a night when the Rockets' Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley scored 29 and 28 points, respectively, Tim Duncan was just as good with 28 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks ... more

Photo: BOB OWEN, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Dec. 1, 2001: 25 points 12 reboundsTim Duncan stuffed the stat sheet in this 85-75 Spurs win. He finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, four blocks and three assists. Meanwhile, Kelvin Cato (pictured above) started at center for the Rockets and failed to score. less
Dec. 1, 2001: 25 points 12 rebounds
Tim Duncan stuffed the stat sheet in this 85-75 Spurs win. He finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, four blocks and three assists. Meanwhile, Kelvin Cato ... more

Photo: DAVID J. PHILLIP, Associated Press

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March 7, 2002: 30 points, 16 reboundsOne of the five times Tim Duncan scored at least 30 points on the Rockets, he shot 12-for-17 from the field and also had 16 rebounds and five assists in a Spurs' 99-97 win.
March 7, 2002: 30 points, 16 rebounds
One of the five times Tim Duncan scored at least 30 points on the Rockets, he shot 12-for-17 from the field and also had 16 rebounds and five assists in a Spurs' 99-97 win.

Photo: SMILEY N. POOL, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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April 4, 2002: 22 points, 11 reboundsTim Duncan only had to play 34 minutes in this 102-78 Spurs win, but he still had 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, the Rockets' Kelvin Cato started at center and had two points. less
April 4, 2002: 22 points, 11 rebounds
Tim Duncan only had to play 34 minutes in this 102-78 Spurs win, but he still had 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, the Rockets' Kelvin Cato started at ... more

Photo: GLORIA FERNIZ, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Jan. 20, 2003: 32 points, 9 reboundsIn Yao Ming's rookie season with the Rockets, Tim Duncan got the best of him in this 87-82 Spurs win. Duncan finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Jan. 20, 2003: 32 points, 9 rebounds
In Yao Ming's rookie season with the Rockets, Tim Duncan got the best of him in this 87-82 Spurs win. Duncan finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

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March 27: 25 points, 14 reboundsTim Duncan never recorded a triple-double against the Rockets, but he came awfully close in this 98-85 Spurs win, recording 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He also had three blocks and shot 12-of-16 from the field. less
March 27: 25 points, 14 rebounds
Tim Duncan never recorded a triple-double against the Rockets, but he came awfully close in this 98-85 Spurs win, recording 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. He also had ... more

Photo: EDWARD A. ORNELAS, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Dec. 11, 2003: 22 points, 10 reboundsThis was a really ugly game - the Spurs won 71-67 - but Tim Duncan still found a way to shine, scoring 22 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Dec. 11, 2003: 22 points, 10 rebounds
This was a really ugly game - the Spurs won 71-67 - but Tim Duncan still found a way to shine, scoring 22 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Photo: DAVID J. PHILLIP, AP

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Feb. 9, 2004: 28 points, 10 reboundsYao Ming scored 25 points for the Rockets, but the Spurs pulled off an 85-82 win thanks in part to Tim Duncan's 28 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
Feb. 9, 2004: 28 points, 10 rebounds
Yao Ming scored 25 points for the Rockets, but the Spurs pulled off an 85-82 win thanks in part to Tim Duncan's 28 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

Photo: Eric Gay, AP

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Feb. 24, 2004: 27 points, 13 reboundsOnce again, Yao Ming played well - scoring 20 points - but Tim Duncan had 27 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the Spurs' 86-77 win.
Feb. 24, 2004: 27 points, 13 rebounds
Once again, Yao Ming played well - scoring 20 points - but Tim Duncan had 27 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the Spurs' 86-77 win.

Photo: EDWARD A. ORNELAS/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Dec. 9, 2004: 26 points, 18 rebounds, 7 blocksThis will always be remembered as the game Tracy McGrady scored 13 points in the final 35 seconds to lead the Rockets to a thrilling come-from-behind win. People forget that Tim Duncan had 26 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks in that Spurs loss. less
Dec. 9, 2004: 26 points, 18 rebounds, 7 blocks
This will always be remembered as the game Tracy McGrady scored 13 points in the final 35 seconds to lead the Rockets to a thrilling come-from-behind win. People ... more

Photo: Kevin Fujii, Houston Chronicle

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Feb. 23, 2005: 30 points, 11 reboundsTim Duncan only had to play 37 minutes because the Spurs won 99-81, but he still scored 30 points to go with his 11 rebounds.
Feb. 23, 2005: 30 points, 11 rebounds
Tim Duncan only had to play 37 minutes because the Spurs won 99-81, but he still scored 30 points to go with his 11 rebounds.

Photo: Delcia Lopez, AP

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Jan. 24, 2007: 37 points, 10 reboundsThis night marked the most points Tim Duncan ever scored against the Rockets, but it came in a Spurs loss because Tracy McGrady also scored 37 points. Duncan shot 15-of-28 from the field. less
Jan. 24, 2007: 37 points, 10 rebounds
This night marked the most points Tim Duncan ever scored against the Rockets, but it came in a Spurs loss because Tracy McGrady also scored 37 points. Duncan shot 15-of-28 ... more

Photo: WILLIAM LUTHER, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Nov. 16, 2007: 25 points, 13 reboundsTim Duncan shot 11-of-22 from the field and led all scorers with 25 points to go along with his 13 rebounds in the Spurs' 90-84 win.
Nov. 16, 2007: 25 points, 13 rebounds
Tim Duncan shot 11-of-22 from the field and led all scorers with 25 points to go along with his 13 rebounds in the Spurs' 90-84 win.

Photo: Eric Gay, AP

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Jan. 19, 2008: 24 points, 17 reboundsTim Duncan had a huge night on the boards with 17 rebounds to go along with his 24 points, but the Rockets still found a way to get a 83-81 win over the Spurs.
Jan. 19, 2008: 24 points, 17 rebounds
Tim Duncan had a huge night on the boards with 17 rebounds to go along with his 24 points, but the Rockets still found a way to get a 83-81 win over the Spurs.

Photo: Eric Gay, AP

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Nov. 27, 2009: 21 points, 12 reboundsTim Duncan led all scorers with 21 points, but he also had 12 rebounds and four blocks in the Spurs' 92-84 win.
Nov. 27, 2009: 21 points, 12 rebounds
Tim Duncan led all scorers with 21 points, but he also had 12 rebounds and four blocks in the Spurs' 92-84 win.

Photo: BILLY CALZADA, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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Dec. 28, 2012: 30 points, 5 reboundsTim Duncan ate up the Rockets' interior defense of Marcus Morris and Omer Asik to the tune of 30 points in the Spurs' 122-116 win.
Dec. 28, 2012: 30 points, 5 rebounds
Tim Duncan ate up the Rockets' interior defense of Marcus Morris and Omer Asik to the tune of 30 points in the Spurs' 122-116 win.

Photo: Eric Gay, Associated Press

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April 10, 2015: 29 points, 10 reboundsIn a key division game late in the season, the Spurs secured a 104-103 win courtesy of a pair of clutch Tim Duncan free throws in the final minute as well as his 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting. less
April 10, 2015: 29 points, 10 rebounds
In a key division game late in the season, the Spurs secured a 104-103 win courtesy of a pair of clutch Tim Duncan free throws in the final minute as well as his 29 points ... more

Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

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Much like his entire career, Tim Duncan was rarely flashy against the Houston Rockets, but he produced plenty.
In 70 games against the Rockets, the future Hall of Famer averaged 19 points and 10.2 rebounds – almost right on track with his career averages of 19 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
He scored at least 30 points against the Rockets five different times.
Where he really produced against the Rockets is where he always produced throughout his 19-year career – in the win column. In games he played against the Rockets, the Spurs went 48-22.

Thankfully for Rockets fans, they'll no longer have to see Duncan quietly go about his business of beating Houston's team.
Browse through the photos above to see Tim Duncan's 21 best games against the Houston Rockets.

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