Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  31 responses

Video: Tim Duncan Scores Game-Winning Hook


Tim Duncan stepped into a time-machine in New Orleans last night, shocking the Hornets with a wild, running hook shot with time just about to expire. The hoop gave Duncan a game-high 28 points.

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  • quest

    tim duncan was extra happy about this one…. derek fisher wasnt there to hit a shot with .4 seconds left

  • JR

    Love seeing this. Timmie!

  • 23

    just awesome.

  • RedRum

    If I were to build a basketball team, aside MJ the first player I would pick is Duncan. Yeap, ahead of Bird, ahead of Magic, ahead of Kobe, Shaq, Lebron. The reason is he is the best two-way player the game has ever seen apart from MJ. I know people are stuck with their Holy Trinity of MJ, Bird, Magic, but if you look the numbers, if you look the defense, the consistency, clutch, intelligence, attitude, the intangibles (the lack of understanding of which is the reason he is so underrated) I truly believe that TD is ahead of at least Bird and probably ahead of Magic. People say he has “only” for rings. Well… Bird has three… Furthermore, if not for the Fisher .4 shot (after one of the most amazing clutch shots in the face of Shaq) and the stupid Ginobili foul, he would have won another 2. I know all this sounds absurd to most, but if you truly watch basketball,without any of the media hype and marketing darlings promotion, then Duncan’s brilliance is obvious.

  • Yesse

    Now i’m having flashbacks from Duncans shot before Fishers 0.4 second shot.

  • huami

    Agree with RedRum, Timmie-D is one of the most underrated players of all time. He has influence on both offense and defense. I would build a basketball team around him.

  • Bt

    Ok guys there is No way Tim Duncan is underated, the guy is rated extremely highly by anyone who has any clue about basketball

  • Zabbah

    not under-rated. sports analysts have always praised Timmy. what they didn’t do was predict they’d win a title during the start of each season that they won it. i’m looking at you, Slam.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    if Tim Duncan, in 2012, is getting 28 and going Kareem on you for the game winner, as an organization you probably got the raw end of whatever deal you were dealt…lol….smh, yep I’m still bitter


    T-ROBOT still got it. Remember when KG slapped him on da back of da head for nothing. Lol

  • Huami

    Ok, my bad. Underrated was too strong a word. Under-appreciated. People would always talk about shaq, d12, hakeem.. But when duncan shows up, yawn. The big fundamental monicker says it all. Not flashy but effective. Makes your team better, gives you championships.

  • OTB

    Duncan is underappreciated. I have a friend who only got into the NBA about 3 years ago…he had no idea Duncan was a two time MVP. You rarely hear about his greatness, but in his prime, Duncan was untouchable.

  • http://www.cnbc.com/ JTaylor21

    Im happy danny green didnt take the game winning shot. With a coach like popovich I dont know how the spurs win games. The spurs should fire him and hire Flip Saunders if they want to return to title contention

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^this can’t be jtaylor, this dude has been trolling like crazy lately

  • bike

    Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time.
    What’s a shame is how you never see kids these days emulating his game. A million different moves coupled with that signiture bank shot make him really unique for a guy his size
    Only knock on the guy was he could be a tad bit boring in person.

  • MLK4Life

    F u slam for calling this shot wild. Give tim credit, it was a calculated move over good defense.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    haha @ JTaylor21
    co-sign RedRum

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I’m probably gonna get flamed for this, but I think a case can be made for Kevin Garnett as well . . . TD and KG are the best 2-way power forwards to ever do it. KG has less rings, but he didn’t play with the same level of talent/coaching that TD had access to for the first 10 years of his career.
    Some would mention Malone(stats),McHale(rings) and Barkley(dominance) as well, but Malone and Barkley lack rings and McHale never had to be “The Man”.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    as a big fan of Duncan and an even bigger fan to KG, KG had a coach who just got fired for a ridiculously underachieving team, and a GM who killed the team with the illegal deal with Joe Smith (the loss of 4 years’ worth of draft picks), but he didn’t help his own situation by hamstringing the franchise badly with his ginormous contract.
    if only KG and Marbury could have co-exist… their games were very complimentary of each other… sigh…

  • RedRum

    Just to clarify, I don’t mean he is underrated in terms of not being called great. He gets plenty of kudos from the media and public. But I do believe he is underrated in terms of his place in the pantheon of great players and how close he is to being top 3 ever. Lets make not mistake, unfortunately players like Chamberlain, Russell, Oscar etc, before the 80s, cannot be really compared because of how different the game was. No defense was played. What I am arguing is that since defense became important in the NBA, early 80s, TD is along MJ the best two-way player. Magic and Bird did not play defense, neither Malone, Barkley and McHale. TD also won rings without premium talent either, look up the lineups of the teams that he won rings with. And another number. The Spurs are probably the most consistent team probably in the history of the NBA, they have won the most games within the past decade. Listen, I know it is hard to go by all the hype Kobe and Lebron get , or the sentimental significance that Magic and Bird have on us born in the 70s and were brought up with their greatness. But leaving all these aside, looking at the numbers and how Duncan has played and led his team to greatness for more than a decade, one can make the argument that Duncan can only be behind MJ as one of the greatest players to have played this game. And this comes from someone who is european, does not have any ties with SA, I just love basketball. And I cannot close my eyes nor be swayed by marketing of how great Duncan is. I truly hope one of the big names in journalism will make this right. For example Simmons, who likes Duncan, only has him as 7 all time I think, and has recently said that Kobe surpassed him… how ridiculous is that???

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^Not ridiculous at all. I’m not saying your wrong, but it’s a stretch to argue Duncan that high up man. Best PF? Sure. 2nd best player ever? Nope…

  • RedRum

    But that is the point. What is he missing? Who is your 2nd best? I am sure whoever it is, if you look at the numbers and also include the fact how much of an amazing defender Duncan. Again, this is a very underrated aspect of making those “arbitrary” lists who is the best. Defense. I argue that TD is the best two-way player after Jordan. I have watched both play live, the way they directed the whole defense, it was one of the most amazing thing I have seen in basketball. I ask you this. You want to create a team. If you pick MJ and Duncan as your foundation, you are guaranteed rings. Because they had no flaws in their games. Again, I know it is hard to conceive because Duncan’s greatness has not been shoved down our throats. Yes, Bird, Magic, Kobe, Lebron, Shaq are great. But they have substantial flaws in their games. I am not expecting to have many supporters in my claim, but once you start looking at the numbers and consider his defense, clutch and leadership, I truly cannot find someone better than TD.

  • shutup

    I agree with redrum, but part of the reason the spurs are overlooked until they hold up the trophy is that people overlook the greatness on this team, Tony Parker is a killer, still top 5 pg in the game today imo (dont forget he was second in the league in, in the paint scoring a few years back)and he ‘s coming back from injury not to long ago, Ginobili is a really unique great player in his own right and a consumate winner (he has won on every level he has played on), and popovich is probably the second best nba coach in history maybe third behind Jackson def #1 and Aurebach(argueable)

  • jimmer

    @redrum – you ever see a guy called Hakeem play, you know, the one who did everything Duncan does but faster, quicker, and better? Duncan is just the slow-footed version of Hakeem, with lower stats? Hakeem was a better shot-blocker, rebounder, and just as good if not a better scorer? Plus he had to compete with Drobinson, Rodman, Barkley, Moses Malone, Mutumbo, Shaq etc for rebounds, not just Shaq and Kevin Garnett. What is this stuff about TD being better than anyone other than mike? He’s not even the best post player! If you would like to bring up rings, Dream played his whole career when Magic, Mike and Larry were winning theirs! In a two year window he took the prize, if Duncan had shared the same career frame he might (might) have taken those two himself, but even that’s not a given!

  • RedRum

    @jimmer- this is really interesting! Though you disagree with me, you and I are in the same page. Because I completely agree with you about Hakeem, in my book MJ is GOAT, and TD and Hakeem follow. Yes, I take Hakeem ahead of Bird,Magic, Bron, Shaq and Kobe. We can discuss who is better between Hakeem and Duncan, I would say Duncan has a slight advantage mainly due to his help and pick n roll defence, but I would completely agree with you that my third option to build a championship team would be Hakeem. As with Duncan and MJ, no flaws in his game. This is the type of player you want to base a team on. I am glad others start to see player value and greatness a bit differently than the media try to market.

  • jimmer

    @redrum – we’re just old. I will confess that if I had to pick an all time starting five, it would be Dream, TD, Bird, MJ, Magic. These players are essentially beyond equals at their relative positions, and although old, i’m not old enough to call judgement on Wilt over Hakeem.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    KG didn’t have the same level of offense as Duncan. And he wasn’t as clutch. But I still think he’s a top five power forward all time.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ Jimmer, I am a HUGE fan of every single player on your “all-time” roster. But MJ aside, your team’s perimeter defense would be atrocious. And Bird’s, Magic’s, and Jordan’s unique ability to post up smaller defenders would be hindered because they’d be playing along side 2 of the best post players off all time.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ Allenp, Duncan was definitely $$$ in crunch time. And had a better skillset in the post, which guaranteed him a quality shot every time. But he also played with guys who you could not afford to leave in order to help out. Guys like Manu, TP, Elliot, DRob, Horry, and to a lesser degree SJax, Barry, and Bowen. They were all cold-blooded killers. Throw in Pops’ coaching and I’d say his teams were almost always contenders. If you put TD in Minny on those Eddie Griffith+Chucky Atkins teams, I don’t see a substancial differance.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Even in the clutch, Duncan is boring. zzzz

  • RedRum

    @jimmer- I would take Lebron and possibly Pipen over Bird. You can allow one player (Magic) not play defence. Problem is the squad of Magic, MJ, Lebron/Pips, TD and Hakeem has no 3-point shooting. But I think they would be so dominant on the other side of the court that would constantly be in transition. When in half-court, they would just damp it in to TD and Dream and let them work. You have to double either of them, so any of the backcourt defenders that left their player, either MJ, Pips or Magic would just cut it and would be hit by a pass by either TD or Hakeem. One very underrated aspect of TD was his passing. Along with Sabonis the best passing big men in the history of the game. This is one of the reasons I take TD over Hakeem, his playmaking ability. The man was brilliant, it is really a shame he does not get the respect he deserves. Even Shaq, with all his mocking and jokes, when he refers to TD he mentions him as “Mr Tim Duncan”. Shaq played against him his whole career, he knows how great he is. I will leave it here… I have started to sound like a fan-boy…