The 38-year-old centre starred with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds at the AT&T Center on Thursday, as the Spurs moved ahead 3-2 in the Western Conference finals.
It marked the latest twist in an intriguing series, which saw the Thunder win games three and four on home court, after losing the first two matches.
The Spurs’ victory on their return to San Antonio was their seventh straight home play-off success by a margin of 15 points or more – the longest such streak in NBA play-off history.
However, Gregg Popovich’s men must win at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Saturday if they are to avoid game seven, and Duncan has been left perplexed by the topsy-turvy nature of the series.
“It’s the craziest series I’ve ever been involved in,” he said. “The back and forth, the changes, the leads and the wins, I don’t know how to explain it.
“We always talk about adjustments and both coaches have made some great adjustments and the teams have responded and the results are what they are. We’ve got to hopefully go to Oklahoma and try to get this thing done.”
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks was also at a loss to explain why neither side has been able to take the initiative, adding: “It’s interesting, you really can’t explain it because both teams are really good and both teams compete.”
Brooks credited the Spurs for their performance on home court, but backed his side to once more come back into the series.
“San Antonio played a very good basketball game,” he continued. “Give them credit. They came back home and played their game.
“We have to regroup and come back better in a few days. We’ve always had a great comeback with better energy and better defensive attitude, and that’s what we’re going to have to come back with.”
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