Spurs win, Tim Duncan goes down with leg injuries
With 3:45 minutes left in the second half, Tim Duncan crashed onto the floor in agonizing pain after Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster rolled into back of his leg while fighting for a rebound. The crowd drew in a chilling gasp as play continued and San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich had to call out a timeout to get a look at Tim Duncan’s injury. Although Tim Duncan got up on his own, he had to be helped to the team’s locker room. Tim Duncan did not return to finish the game.
The 14-time All-Star Tim Duncan had eight points and five rebounds while playing 13 minutes, up to the point of sustaining the leg injuries in the game. Tim Duncan was listed as probable before Saturday’s contest and missed the San Antonio Spurs’ last four games with a sore left knee.
Although the San Antonio Spurs kept their mind on getting “the job done”, Tim Duncan’s leg injuries clearly had a rattling effect on the team’s nerves as they slipped up, giving the Washington Wizards an opportunity to fight back.
"That's going on through everybody's mind — 'What's happening?’” said San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson of the team’s lack of focus due to Tim Duncan’s injury. “To have our best player go down like that holding his knee and ankle is kind of frustrating but we had a game to play.”
Washington Wizards guard John Wall had 15 points, Martell Webster contributed 10, while big man Nene and forward Chris Singleton also scored 11 points each in the second quarter. In fact, the Washington Wizards nearly closed-in to the San Antonio Spurs’ lead so they had a six-point margin, with 8:37 minutes remaining.
John Wall had 21 points, while Martell Webster scored 14 points in the game.
But big man Tiago Splitter resurrected the San Antonio Spurs offense, as a followed up a dunk with a reserve layup to extend the San Antonio’s lead to 77-67 with 7:28 left in the game. Tiago Splitter contributed six points and two rebounds in the final half while guard Tony Parker added five points and three assists for the San Antonio Spurs in the final quarter.
Tony Parker also had a major impact in the closing minutes of the first half, as he added two points and two assists to the San Antonio Spurs’ 11-3 run, leading them to 51-26 at the break.
The San Antonio Spurs won their 10th consecutive game of the season and 18th straight home game with Tony Parker contributing total 19 points and 12 assists, Danny Green scoring 15 and Tiago Splitter producing 12 in Saturday night’s matchup against the Washington Wizards.