Tim Duncan scored 14 points, grabbed ten boards and dished ten assists as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Girzzlies in Memphis last night. The Grizzlies had won an astounding 22 straight regular season home games. Duncan, who may ultimately be know as Time Duncan, since he seems to control it–or at least ignore it at will.
The 38-year-old forward and future Hall of Famer routinely records double figures in points and rebounds, but last had a triple double in 2010. He has eight for his career, half of them coming in the playoffs. Karl Malone is the only player to record a triple double at a more advanced age–he did it as a 40-year-old in 2003. (People surprised by this will remember Malone was with the Lakers that year–assists went to Kobe Bryant and Shaq.) Duncan is looking for his first back-to-back NBA championships. He has won five. If he wins again he’ll have as many as Michael Jordan and one more than Kobe Bryant. He’s got time.