Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs look to continue their mastery of Boston as they shoot for their 15th straight win in the series.
Duncan is 14-0 against the Celtics since being selected by San Antonio in 1997 with the top overall draft pick, a choice Boston hoped to get with one of its two selections that year. But the Spurs got it and the Celtics have struggled against the All-NBA power forward ever since.
Duncan scored 26 points to lead San Antonio to a come-from-behind 92-84 victory in Boston on Nov. 19.
“Every time I come here they tell me that, so I’m kind of aware,” Duncan said when reminded of his domination of the Celtics.
For his career, Duncan is averaging 22.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game against Boston.
He had 19 points and 10 rebounds Thursday as San Antonio rebounded from Wednesday’s loss in Orlando by beating Minnesota 96-82. The Spurs made 11 of 18 shots in the fourth quarter to break open a tie game and improve the league’s best home mark to 12-1.
San Antonio has won four straight at the SBC Center since suffering its lone home loss of the season, 102-96 to Seattle on Dec. 8.
The Celtics have won three of four, including a 114-109 home victory over New York on Wednesday that moved them within a half-game of the Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Celtics forward Raef LaFrentz sat out with an injured ankle, suffered in Tuesday’s 108-100 loss in Miami, but expects to be back in action against the Spurs.