LOS ANGELES — Forty-eight minutes into his second-highest-scoring playoff performance in five years, Tim Duncan entered the San Antonio huddle and did something none of his teammates expected.
The same guy who sank 10 of his first 11 shots and kept the otherwise cold-shooting Spurs in the lead for most of Wednesday's game was in no mood to celebrate any of that. Duncan felt responsible for the Clippers rallying from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime after blowing a couple of fourth-quarter shots he thought he should have made and committing a costly turnover that led to a pair of late J.J. Redick free throws.
"I was awful," Duncan said. "I missed two or three layups. I made two or three defensive mistakes where I got out of position and gave up dunks. I was awful in that fourth quarter."
Duncan certainly never had reason to apologize after a performance in which his brilliance far outweighed his blunders, but the 38-year-old perennial All-StarRead More »from 'Awful' fourth quarter can't tarnish Tim Duncan's big night