Like old times: Duncan carrying Spurs in playoffs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan turns 34 this weekend. The birthday planning began a year ago, when the San Antonio Spurs told their superstar to take an extra month off in the summer.

The move was intended to give Duncan a longer rest and, hopefully, get more out of him during the season.

But who saw this roaring playoff start against Dallas coming?

Duncan is averaging 26 points and 12.5 rebounds against the Mavericks, who head to San Antonio on Friday for Game 3 with the series tied at one game apiece. Duncan labored through the end of the regular season, but the Mavs are finding out that he was perhaps just saving his best for another playoff run.