The San Antonio Spurs (57-13) took care of business winning another game they suppose to win, beating the Golden State Warriors (30-41) 111-96 at the AT&T Center.
However, the victory was marred when Tim Duncan sustained a left ankle sprain with 7:47 left in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game.
Duncan crashed to the floor after hitting a short jumper, appearing to twist his foot on the ankle of Golden State rookie center Ekpe Udoh.
He was in pain for more than a minute, grabbing at the left ankle with both hands, before he limped back to the Spurs locker room for treatment. X-rays were negative.
Duncan's availability for the Spurs’ upcoming road trip which begins Wednesday night in Denver is uncertain.
What are the numbers that stood out in this Spurs' victory? Let's find out!
84.2 - The Spurs shot a decent 16-of-19 (84.2%) from the free throw line, including 6-of-6 apiece from Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili. The Warriors weren't that bad from the foul line, making 14-of-18 (77.8%) of their foul shots.
49.4 - San Antonio shot fairly well from the floor, making 42-of-85 (49.4%) field goal attempts while Golden State went 38-of-84 (45.2%) from the field.
48 - The Spurs dominated on the inside, outscoring the Warriors 48-34 on inside points.
45 - The Warriors won the rebound battle, outrebounding the Spurs 45-42.
29 - For the second straight game, the Spurs shared the ball very well. They finished the game with 29 assists compared to the Warriors' 16.
28 - Ginobili had a game-high 28 points and added three rebounds, three assists and three steals for San Antonio.
26 - The Spurs has won 26 straight home games against Golden State.
21 - Tim Duncan played barely four minutes, but he managed to score four points, grabbed three rebounds and one block. With three boards, Duncan has tied Dennis Rodman for 21st place on the NBA’s career rebounding list with 11,954.
15 - Ekpe Udoh led the Warriors with 15 points and seven rebounds. Tony Parker added 17 points and tied a career-high 15 dimes for San Antonio.
14 - Dorell Wright and Acie Law added 14 points each for Golden State.
13 - David Lee chipped in 13 points and nine boards for the Warriors while Steve Novak led the Spurs' bench with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He also added five rebounds.
10 - Monta Ellis was held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor. Rookie Tiago Splitter filled in nicely for the injured Duncan, registering his first double-double in the NBA with 10 points, 14 boards, three steals and two assists.
0 - Daniel Green was scoreless in one minute of action. Jefferson, McDyess, Bonner, Novak and Neal had zero turnovers for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had seven points, one rebound and one assist and shot 3-of-10 from the floor, James Anderson had two points in one minute of playing time. Tiago Splitter had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
What's Next? The Spurs will visit the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday.
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29 assists - the Spurs are a more dangerous team when they share the basketball, they are playing great on offense let's hope they get better on defense. Tiago will help on that part especially on the interior.
@carlos_vnzla you might be right but I hope TD gets back sooner, 2 weeks is a better time frame for his return he needs maybe at least 4-5 games to get back into his groove.
Amazing! Even in only 4 minutes TD was able to tie Rodman for 21st in All time rebounding. He needs to get well soon though for the Spurs to be able to get deep in the playoffs.
We don't want injuries but it could be worse, at least Tim has time to recuperate before the playoffs. One thing I noticed is that Spurs have more assists without Duncan. In the last two games they are averaging 30 assists, coincidence?
Nice win by the Spurs, great opportunity for Tiago Splitter. I read that Timmy could be out for 2 weeks that means he could be back before the playoffs. No more injuries please and Tim make sure your are healthy and rested once the the playoff arrives we will need you.
Great W. as for Tim. knowing how pop works and how he tends to be with Timmy. I say he will be out 3 weeks. yes i said 3 weeks. we have a 57-13 record with 12 games to go with a 7 game lead over any team in the NBA.
out of the next 12 games we have a few tough ones but none that we cant handle without Tim once Tiago, McDyess and Blair step up. Specially Tiago.
There are 3 weeks left of regular season... Tim i think will most likely play the last 2 or 3 games. to get him somewhat back in the groove of things.
I guess we just have to see how Tim heals and feels in the coming weeks
@carlos_vnzla Maybe you're right but I do hope comes back a little sooner so he can play more games to get back his bounce. Thanks for dropping by and thanks everyone for all the comments and reads keep them coming!
This was a good game for the Spurs unfortunately Duncan was injured. On the lighter side, Tiago has played well in Timmy's absence.
Duncan is tough I think he will be back in a week maybe less. But I wouldn't rush him if I'm the Spurs especially if we secure the top seed. Tony was great dishing out assists all game.
Good win by the Spurs but I'm hoping TD will get back into action soon. We will need him in playoffs. Any updates on how long he will be gone?