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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