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LeBron James posts heartfelt tribute to Tim Duncan on Instagram

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 99-95 at AT&T Center on Thursday night. But that didn’t stop one “King” to pay tribute to another “King” after the game.

James took to Instagram after the Spurs won their 32nd straight game at home to post a heartfelt message to Duncan.

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James wrote:

“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! 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!”

James and Duncan have faced off 20 times in the regular season, with the two superstars each winning 10 games. They have also played against one another in the postseason in three series, with Duncan holding a 2-1 edge, including winning two NBA Finals against James’ Cavaliers in 2007 and his Miami Heat squad in 2014. But James and the Heat did outlast Duncan’s Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, winning four games to three.

Given how both teams have fared so far this season, it’s entirely possible the 2016 NBA Finals will feature a Cavaliers-Spurs match-up. If not, James and Duncan will square off at least one more time in the regular season on Jan. 30 in Cleveland.

After that? It all depends on whether Duncan decides to give it one more go-round next season. In light of how he can still produce and how the Spurs have surrounded him with young, dynamic and more-than-capable talent, anything’s possible.