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Tim Duncan wins 1,000th regular season game

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San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan clocked up another milestone in his glistening career as he became just the third player in NBA history to record 1,000 regular season wins.

The five-time champions overcame the Utah Jazz 88-86 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena to take the forward to four figures and into the same category as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish who ended their careers with 1,074 and 1,014 wins respectively.

The 39-year-old had minimal impact on the game as he chipped in with three points, all of which came from the free-throw line, two rebounds, two assists and as many rebounds in his 23 minutes of action.

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Duncan's sheer number of wins adds to a list of achievements that has been growing since the season began. In November, the two-time MVP, along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, became the most winningest trio in NBA history as they surpassed the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish's record of 540 victories.

Back in March, three rebounds in a 109-101 win over the Chicago Bulls made Duncan only the sixth player in history to record at least 15,000 boards throughout their NBA career. Along with Abdul-Jabbar, they are the only two players ever to record 25,000 points, 15,000 rebounds, and 3,000 blocks.

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Since being drafted with the number one pick in 1997, Duncan has also helped the franchise to a minimum of 50 wins in every campaign, except for the lockout-shortened season of 1998-99.

The 15-time All-Star also has the most wins with a single franchise, passing Utah Jazz's John Stockton, who had 953 during his career in Salt Lake City, in November.

Quite incredibly, Duncan, as an individual, has racked up more regular-season wins than the Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans.

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He has been an integral part of the Spurs ever since he was drafted and continues to play a huge role on the team despite his minutes and effectiveness decreasing.

Having already won five rings in his career, and come close on numerous other occasions, Duncan has a chance to add a sixth title to his collection in the upcoming postseason.

The Golden State Warriors are the favourites to defend their title, however, the Spurs are coming off a franchise-best season and their experience in the playoffs should not be underestimated.

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It is expected that the two franchises will face off in the Western Conference finals and the two remaining regular season games between the two organisations will really lay down a marker for what is ahead.

Tony Parker recently said that Gregg Popovich would not be resting the Spurs' starters and it could lead to brilliant matchups as we see games full of playoff intensity from the two leading teams

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San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Tim Duncan
Tony Parker

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