You have to go all the way to the 2010-11 season to find back-to-back games in which Tim Duncan scored 20 or more points, which is what the Spurs' captain accomplished to start this season.
A free throw with 3:12 remaining in Thursday's dramatic 86-84 home-opening victory over the Thunder pushed Duncan's point total to 20 one night after posting 24 in a victory at New Orleans.
The last time Duncan, 36, recorded 20 or better in consecutive games was March 31 and April 1, 2010. Then, he had 20 during a home loss to the Celtics and 23 in a setback the next night in Houston.
"He's looked like this the last three or four years," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Duncan's work during the Spurs' 2-0 start.
"He's taken great care of himself in the summer, watched what he puts in his body and does what he needs to do to keep slim and long. You're seeing a player who is a pro in every way, shape and form."
Parker picks his spots: Duncan is the Spurs' top scorer through the first two games, but Tony Parker has been Mr. Clutch.
The point guard has had game-turning 3-pointers in the final minute of both contests, including a buzzer-beating 21-footer over the long arm of Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, last year's NBA blocks leader, to win Thursday's game.
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