SAN ANTONIO — Before retiring Tim Duncan’s No. 21, the San Antonio Spurs paid tribute to their longtime teammate by playing the game as he did for 19 seasons.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and the Spurs turned in a fundamentally strong performance in a 113-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
“It was a game that we had to win, that we wanted to win badly,” San Antonio veteran Manu Ginobili said prior to the ceremony that followed the game. “Even if we would have lost, this is way beyond it.
“Today’s celebration is very, very important for his teammates, coaches and the whole franchise, the city. That guy is special. Even if we would have lost, it would have been an emotional night. I’m emotional now and it hasn’t even started.”