With 4:49 left in the second quarter Tim Duncan writhed in pain clutching his left knee that had the entire Spurs bench stunned and shaken. I’m also sure Spurs fans were holding their breath as well.
But he returned to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds, helping the San Antonio Spurs (38-7) to beat the Golden State Warriors 113-102 and calm any nerves about what initially appeared to be a serious injury.
Here are some numbers on this Spurs’ latest win.
95 – The Warriors shot very well from the free throw line making 19-20 (95%) foul shots. The Spurs on the other hand, made just 26-34 (76.5%) of their free throw attempts.
46 – San Antonio dominated the boards, outrebounding the Warriors 46-36. The Spurs’ reserves outscored the Warriors’ bench 46-14.
38 – The Warriors edged the Spurs on inside points 40-38. The Spurs 38th victory clinched the Western Conference’s best record through February 6, which means Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich will coach the West squad in the All-Star game on February 20 at Los Angeles.
33.3 – Both teams shot a similar 5-15 (33.3%) from behind the arc.
31 – David Lee had a monster game, leading the Warriors with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
27 – The Spurs played well in transition outscoring the Warriors 27-19 on fast break points.
25 – Monta Ellis chipped in 25 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists for the Warriors.
20 – Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 20 points, seven assist and one steal.
18 – Tony Parker added 18 points, 11 dimes and three boards for San Antonio while Dorell Wright had 18 points, nine assists and five rebounds for Golden State.
14 – Stephen Curry had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Warriors. Antonio McDyess gave the Spurs’ bench a huge lift with 14 points, 10 boards and one assists in 25 minutes and George Hill likewise scored 14 points off the Spurs’ bench.
9 – Both teams had only nine turnovers each for the entire game. Richard Jefferson had only nine points for San Antonio, but he scored six of them in the final period when he went 3-3 from the field.
1 - The Spurs had only one block for the entire game courtesy of Tim Duncan, the Warriors had five block shots.
0 – Hill and Andris Biedrins did not commit a single turnover for their respective teams despite playing heavy minutes.
Rookie Watch: Gary Neal scored 11 points and had three rebounds in 24 minutes. Tiago Splitter had seven points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. James Anderson has yet to return to action since recovering from a stress fracture injury.
Notes: Matt Bonner missed his fifth consecutive game with a sore right knee, there is no structural damage but the team is concerned because it hasn’t improved.
What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Utah Jazz at the EnergySolutions Arena on Wednesday.
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