Spurs' Duncan leaves game with sprained left ankle

The Associated Press
Monday, March 21, 2011; 9:37 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs forward Tim Duncan sprained his left ankle Monday night against Golden State after coming down awkwardly on the foot.

X-rays were negative. Duncan did not return.

The 34-year-old All-Star fell and immediately reached for his left foot after hitting a short jumper early in the first quarter. He lay on his side, clutching his foot with both hands, for more than a minute before being helped into the locker room.

Duncan has stayed healthy all season for the NBA-best Spurs, avoiding injuries unlike recent years.

Duncan has started all but one game. That was Saturday against Charlotte - when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn't want to risk Duncan getting hurt on the second night of a back-to-back.

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