Gregg Popovich's persistent resting of Tim Duncan is paying serious dividends Friday night. The San Antonio Spurs veteran sat out of Wednesday's win over the Sacramento Kings and the rest appears to be doing him good. He's been the best player on the floor for his team against the Los Angeles Lakers, and his performance is the biggest reason the Spurs lead 56-52 at halftime.
Duncan is 8-12 from the field and leads all scorers with 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Tony Parker is also having a fantastic night with 11 points and seven assists, while Manu Ginobili has 10 points off the bench. Andrew Bynum has been the biggest star for the Lakers, with 12 points. Kobe Bryant has looked a bit rusty, and he's 2-6 from the floor with seven points in his first game since April 6.
San Antonio is shooting 58 percent from the floor to LA's 45 percent, but the Lakers are getting to the free throw line at a much more consistent clip. Their 13-14 performance from the charity stripe is keeping the game close. San Antonio has committed a lot of fouls and they might run into a bit of foul trouble in the second half if they're not careful. Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter both have three personals.