LOS ANGELES -- Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs sat out
most of the second quarter of Thursday night's game against the Los
Angeles Lakers after hyperextending his left knee, but returned to
start the second half.
Duncan, named earlier in the day to start for the Western
Conference in the All-Star game Feb. 20, was injured with 8:40 left
in the second period when Los Angeles' Caron Butler fell into his
knee after being fouled by Duncan.
Duncan immediately grabbed his knee with both hands, in obvious
pain, and was helped from the court. He walked to the San Antonio
dressing room under his own power, and returned to the Spurs' bench
less than 3 minutes later. But he didn't play during the rest of
the second quarter, finishing the first half with eight points in
Duncan is averaging 21.4 points and 11.9 rebounds. The Spurs
brought a 37-10 record into the game -- best in the NBA and the best
start in franchise history.