BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett entered the NBA in 1995 and began his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Three years later, Tim Duncan was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming an instant big man matchup for Garnett.
Fast forward to 2012 -- Garnett and Duncan are still going at it on the court. On Wednesday, the pair faced off during the Spurs' 87-86 win over the Boston Celtics.
Now both 35, their matchup hasnt gotten any easier over the years.
Its been difficult, Duncan said of playing against Garnett. Weve always had some great battles. It always seems to turn into a war at some point in the game. But its a lot of fun. I think we bring out a lot of each other.
Garnett, who has been shifted to the center position in a smaller Celtics lineup, posted 16 points (7-19 FG), seven rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes. Duncan recorded a double-double with 10 points (4-12 FG) and 16 rebounds in 34 minutes.
They found themselves squaring off at several points during the game.
Were both older, were not the go-to guy so we are kind of matched up more, said Duncan. Were both kind of playing more center, so it just happened that way. As usual, its tough playing against him.
Some things never change.