Friday , Jun , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Duncan joins elite company with third Finals MVP

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan was named the Most Valuable
Player of the NBA Finals for the third time in his career after leading the
San Antonio Spurs to an 81-74 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 7 at
the SBC Center.

Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help San Antonio pick up
its third NBA championship in seven years. The 29-year-old power forward has
won the Finals MVP in all three of the franchise’s NBA title seasons.

Duncan is the fourth player in league history to win three NBA Finals
MVPs, joining Michael Jordan (6), Magic Johnson (3) and Shaquille O’Neal (3).

“This trophy is definitely an honor, but this team has so many MVPs,” said
Duncan. “There are just some many different guys here that just laid it on the
line.”

Duncan shot just 10-of-27 from the field, but scored 17 of his points in the
second half of Game 7.

In the Finals, Duncan averaged 20.5 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

San Antonio announced that it will have a parade to honor the team on Saturday
evening.

SAN