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       === Duncan leaves, but Spurs undeterred while whipping Wizards ===
 San  Antonio, TX  (Sports Network)  - Tim  Duncan's return  to the  lineup was
 short-lived,  but the  San Antonio Spurs managed to record their 10th straight
 victory with a 96-86 decision over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
 Duncan,  who had missed  the team's previous four games with a sore left knee,
 suffered  a sprained  right  ankle and  a  sprained left  knee  in the  second
 quarter.  He was  hurt when Washington forward Martell Webster rolled onto the
 back of his knee as the two were battling for a rebound.
 "My  prayers,  my heart goes  out to him  that everything is  OK, and he has a
 speedy and healthy recovery," Webster said.
 Tony  Parker had a  double-double with 19 points and 12 assists for the Spurs,
 who  will  begin an 18-day, nine-game  road trip on Wednesday. Danny Green and
 Tiago  Splitter  donated 15  and 12 points,  respectively, while Kawhi Leonard
 tallied 10 points and 11 boards.
 "Yeah  it's  always fun to go  on the rodeo  road trip, usually that's when we
 jell  as  a team," Parker said.  "Usually we use  the road trip to play better
 The Spurs have won 18 in a row at home.
 John Wall ended with 21 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who have lost
 four  straight. Webster  had 14 points and Chris Singleton and Nene each added
 11 points apiece.
 The  Spurs took  control early by shooting  63.2 percent from the floor in the
 first quarter. The home team started the game on a 15-4 run and led by as many
 as  12  in the opening  stanza. Duncan  and Parker each  had six points in the
 frame to help give San Antonio a 27-17 lead.
 A  poor shooting  performance by the Wizards in the second quarter allowed the
 Spurs  to build  a  big lead.  Despite losing  Duncan,  San Antonio  outscored
 Washington by a 24-9 margin in the stanza to take a 51-26 edge.
 The  Wizards, who  shot 18.2  percent  from the  floor in  the second  period,
 responded  with 30 points in the third frame to get back in the game. Trailing
 by  27, 64-37, with 7:03 remaining, Washington ended the quarter on a 19-4 run
 to make it 68-56.
 The  visitors then started the fourth on an 11-5 spurt to make it interesting.
 Trevor Ariza capped the surge with a layup to make it 73-67 with 8:37 to play.
 The Spurs, however, responded with an 11-4 run to put the game away.
                                   Game Notes
 Washington  has  lost 13 straight  at San Antonio  ... The Spurs went 15-of-16
 from the foul line ... Each team turned the ball over 16 times ... San Antonio
 shot 48.7 percent from the field.
 02/03 00:56:14 ET

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