… occurred last night, in the NBA.
* The 76ers coming back from way down in the 1st quarter, on the road, to edge the Pacers, [Phi 94, IND 92]?
* The Bobcats home-court W over the under-manned Jazz [CHA 104, Uta 96]?
* The Knicks moving to 6-3 [.667] with their home-court victory over The Thunder [NYK 116, Okl 106]?
* The Nets home-court W over the surging Hawks [NJN 115, Atl 108]?
* The Bucks road victory, in OT, over the Grizzlies [Mlw 101, MEM 96]?
* The Magic’s road win, coming back from an 8-pt deficit, in the 4th Quarter, vs the Mavericks [Orl 102, DAL 100]?
* The Suns’ road victory, in OT, without the services of Steve Nash vs the Kings [Pho 97, SAC 95]?
* The Pistons’ stunning road win vs the Lakers, the NBA’s last-remaining undefeated team [Det 106, LAL 95]?
* The Nuggets gut-check W over the Celtics, in Beantown [Den 94, BOS 85]?
No … actually … it was none of these terrific games, which pale in comparison to …
When your team is …
* Without its best Wing Player for the first 3 months of the regular season, due to off-season ankle surgery, and then
* Loses its Starting Point Guard for the next 2-4 weeks, due to a high ankle sprain, and then
* Gets off to a 2-5 start, overall
… with a next opponent perceived to be one of the elite level outfits in the League, and then
* Falls behind by 14 pts, at home, in the 4th Quarter [at the 07:37 mark], and then
* Holds its opponent without a Point for the final 4:44 of the contest, and then
* Scores the final 12 points of the game …
taking the lead, by 1 point, with 0:59 on the game clock, on a Layup by your All-star Center, and then
* Sees that Center shot-block away the potential game-winner, in the final seconds of play, on a hard & fast driving layup attempt at the rim by the opponent’s ultra-quick PG
to preserve a much-needed victory [SAS 77, Hou 75] over an opponent with each of its own ‘Big 3’ players … i.e. Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest … in the line-up last night.
THAT … ^^^ … right there, goes down in this space as the type of never-to-be forgotten Victory which will form the basis of the Legacy of the Spurs two NBA immortals, Tim Duncan & Gregg Popovich.
Duncan scores 22 points, Spurs beat Rockets
“What can you say about Tim Duncan that hasn’t already been said,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He provides the leadership on this team. He is the center of the program.”
He is ‘The BIG Fundamental’ … and this
his Jedi Master.