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What Was Tim Duncan’s Finals Record? Pretty Darn Good!

Tim Duncan’s finals record was an incredible 5-1. He also had a great record in NBA Finals games, going 23-11 in his career. Duncan won 3 Finals MVPs and helped his San Antonio Spurs teams win five titles with great two-way play. 

What Was Tim Duncan’s Finals Record? 

Tim Duncan earned the nickname the Big Fundamental  with his consistent, solid play. That play resulted in a whole lot of winning. Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs went 5-1 in NBA Finals series. They went 23-11 in NBA Finals games. 

YearTim Duncan’s
Spurs Playoff
97-98Lost West Semis1-4Utah Jazz
98-99Won NBA Finals4-1New York Knicks
99-00Lost 1st round1-3Phoenix Suns
00-01Lost West Finals0-4LA Lakers
01-02Lost West Semis1-4LA Lakers
02-03Won NBA Finals4-2NJ Nets
03-04Lost West Semis2-4LA Lakers
04-05Won NBA Finals4-3Detroit Pistons
05-06Lost West Semis3-4Dallas Mavericks
06-07Won NBA Finals4-0Cleveland Cavaliers
07-08Lost West Finals1-4LA Lakers
08-09Lost 1st Round1-4Dallas Mavericks
09-10Lost West Semis0-4Phoenix Suns
10-11Lost 1st Round2-4 Memphis Grizzlies
11-12Lost West Finals2-4OKC Thunder
12-13Lost NBA Finals3-4Miami Heat
13-14Won NBA Finals4-1Miami Heat
14-15Lost 1st Round3-4LA Clippers
15-16Lost West Semis2-4OKC Thunder

Who Did Tim Duncan Beat in the NBA Finals? 

  • In 1999 Duncan and the Spurs beat a New York Knicks team featuring Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston and Marcus Camby. The Knicks were the 8th seed in the East after a shaky year during the lockout-shortened season. They lost Patrick Ewing in the Eastern Conference Finals and were probably lucky to win one game.  
  • In 2003 Duncan’s Spurs beat another relatively weak Finals team in the New Jersey Nets. The Nets featured Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson.
  • In 2005 Duncan and the Spurs beat the defending champion Detroit Pistons featuring Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace. 
  • In 2007 the Spurs beat a young LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs roster was unbelievably weak outside the King: Drew Gooden, Daniel Gibson and Sasha Pavlović got the most minutes for the Cavs after LeBron.
  • In 2014 Duncan’s Spurs beat a Lebron-led Miami Heat squad. That team had some real talent including Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen. 

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Tim Duncan Photo

Who Did Tim Duncan Lose To In the NBA Finals? 

  • Tim Duncan’s only Finals loss came in 2013 to the same Heat team he would beat the next year. They had LeBron, the Boshasaurus, D-Wade and Sugar Ray

How Many Finals MVPs Did Tim Duncan Win?

One reason Tim Duncan won three Finals MVPs was because his defense was so darn good. Duncan was one of the all-time great two way players. He did not focus on only one end of the floor. He beat you at both ends.

You can see his Finals MVP seasons below. 

  • Duncan won Finals MVP in 1999 when he averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds per game. 
  • Duncan won Finals MVP in 2003 with 24 points, 17 boards and 5 assists per game for the series. 
  • In 2005 Tim Duncan scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds per game to win his 3rd Finals MVP. 

How Does Tim Duncan’s NBA Finals Record Compare to Other Great NBA Players?

Tim Duncan would probably only trade Finals records with very few other NBA players. Certainly Michael Jordan, who went undefeated, and Bill Russell, who won 11 titles would make that short list.

You can see the Finals records for most of the NBA’s best players below. Click the links to read articles detailing each player’s NBA Finals record.

PlayerNBA Finals Record
John Havlicek8-0
Michael Jordan6-0
Bill Russell11-1
Tim Duncan5-1
Kobe Bryant5-2
Steph Curry4-2
Shaquille O’Neal4-2
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar6-4
Magic Johnson5-4
Larry Bird3-2
Hakeem Olajuwon2-1
Kevin Durant2-2
LeBron James4-6
Wilt Chamberlain2-4
Jerry West1-8
Elgin Baylor0-7

Summary: Tim Duncan’s Finals Record

Tim Duncan won five NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs. His teams went 5-1 in NBA Finals series. They had a 23-11 record in finals games. Duncan’s elite defense and consistent offense helped the Spurs win those five titles and helped him to capture three NBA Finals MVP awards as well.

Featured Image Photo Credit: “This planet needs more folks like Tim Duncan.” by Howdy, I’m H. Michael Karshis is marked with CC BY 2.0.

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