Team: San Antonio Spurs
Opponent: New York Knicks
Result: Spurs over Knicks, 4-1
Finals stats: 27.4 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.2 BPG
Duncan avoided a sophomore slump and affirmed his superstar status with an outstanding year in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, capping it all with a dominant performance against the Knicks in the Finals. Duncan and David Robinson simply bullied the Knicks' frontcourt of Larry Johnson and Marcus Camby, and for the series Duncan had nearly twice as many rebounds as anyone from New York. He was a tireless workhorse for an otherwise veteran-laden Spurs team, averaging 46 minutes played per game despite getting hammered under the basket by the notoriously brutal Knicks defense. His monster Game 5 (31 points and nine rebounds) set the stage for Avery Johnson's dramatic game-winning jumper with 47 seconds to play.