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May 16, 2003

Bill Schoening's 20-Second Timeout: Tim Leads Way to Conference Finals

If there were any second guessers as to who the Most Valuable Player is in the NBA, Tim Duncan erased any doubt with his performance for the ages in game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Duncan scored on jump hooks, turnaround jumpers, putbacks, runners in the lane, 20 footers from the top of the key, and off pick and roll plays.

The LA Lakers simply had no one to guard him..not Robert Horry, not Slava Medvedenko, and most importantly not Shaquille O'Neal.


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Desperate to stop Duncan late in the third quarter, Phil Jackson rolled the dice. He put Shaq on Tim...one on one. The result....two quick personals on Shaq...the "Big Arisotle"goes to the bench, and the Spurs start to distance themselves from the Lakers and change the landscape of the NBA.

The Spurs, led by their quiet superstar, were the hungrier, more athletic and aggresive team, at both ends of the floor.

There was a headline in the LA Times on Thursday which read "Who'll Stop The Reign?" The answer is Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.