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Spurs' Tim Duncan injures left knee, but returns in win over Mavericks

By on 4/20/2014 06:00:00 PM

The San Antonio Spurs entered the 2014 NBA post season with the best record in the league at 62-20. In the opening game of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday by the score of 90-85. Spurs' veteran Tim Duncan injured his left knee in the second half, but returned and played 38 minutes.

 michael248 (flickr) via Wikimedia Commons reported that Duncan banged knees with Monta Ellis and returned to finish with a game-high 27 points, on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor, to go along with seven rebounds.  Following the game, Duncan said he was fine and said the injury was kind of a "funny bone thing."  There is no indication that the injury will keep him out of Game 2 on Wednesday. Expect Duncan to continue to log more minutes than his seasonal average of 29.2 per game.

Tony Parker added 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting, in 34 minutes. Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 17 points and grab six rebounds, in 31 minutes. Devin Harris had 19 points and five assists for the Mavericks.

Duncan is in his 17th season out of Wake Forest.  He averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game this season.  In 1,254 career games, all with the Spurs, Duncan is averaging 19.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocked shots


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