Tim Duncan Plays After Hyperflexing Knee Against Warriors

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Tim Duncan Injury Scare Just That, As Spur Comes Back For Second Half

Tim Duncan crumpled to the floor with an apparent left knee injury late in the second quarter of the San Antonio Spurs' Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. But after a brief scare that included Duncan leaving the bench area for the Spurs' locker room, the former MVP started the second half for San Antonio.

Duncan hasn't missed a game all season, something San Antonio's other four starters -- DeJuan Blair, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson and fellow longtooth Manu Ginobili -- can also boast. Before Monday's action, only four players at least 34 years old (guards Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Andre Miller) had played more minutes this season than Duncan.

The Spurs were a league-best 37-7 heading into Monday's action. San Antonio had a 5.5-game lead on the L.A. Lakers for the Western Conference crown. The Spurs led the Boston Celtics by 3.5 games for the league's best record.

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Tim Duncan Injury Knocks Spurs' Titan Out Of Warriors Game Early

Tim Duncan left the San Antonio Spurs' Monday night game against the Golden State Warriors with an apparently knee injury in the second quarter. Duncan's left leg buckled beneath him, and the Spurs' legend left the court under his own power but with some assistance. Duncan first went to the bench, but quickly walked to the locker room.

It is not yet clear how serious Duncan's injury is. Once Duncan left the game, the Spurs opened up a seven-point lead. San Antonio led Golden State 62-55 at halftime. Manu Ginobili had 14 points in the first half.

The Spurs have been remarkably healthy this season, with all five opening night starters including Duncan having played in all 44 games through Monday.  In recent years, Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have all missed stretches of games due to injuries. The Spurs, a league-best 37-7 heading into Monday's game, are one of the league's oldest teams.

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