Cavaliers forward LeBron James paid tribute to Spurs center Tim Duncan with an Instagram post on Friday.

By SI Wire
January 15, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James paid tribute to San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan with an Instagram post following the Spurs’ 99–95 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

“Don’t know how many times we got left to go against one another but I’ve never have and I never will take them for granted!” James said on Instagram. “The consistency you’ve shown over the years goes unmatched and as a competitor it’s always a treat to be competing on the same floor as you! Being a professional (professionalism) is so overlooked in our sport but I always knew who I could look to if I ever wasn’t professional about this lovely game and that’s You. From one King to Another and to the Greatest PF to Ever play this game, all Love and Respect Timmy D!”

San Antonio’s victory on Thursday ended Cleveland’s eight-game winning streak and moved the Spurs to 23–0 on their home court this season. James finished the game with a team-high 22 points with seven rebounds and five assists, while the 39-year-old Duncan posted nine points, six rebounds and three assists.

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With the win, San Antonio improved to 35–6, while Cleveland fell to 27–10 on the season.

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