And just like that, all the excitement for another San Antonio victory was gone.
Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle in the first half, but the Spurs went on to a 96-86 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night for their 10th consecutive victory.
Tony Parker had 19 points and 12 assists for San Antonio (38-11), which has won 18 straight at home. Danny Green added 15 points and Tiago Splitter scored 12.
Duncan left the locker room without speaking to reporters, but Parker said he talked to his fellow All-Star after the game.
“He’s fine, he’s fine,” Parker said. “It’s nothing big. I’m sure (coach Gregg Popovich) is going to be very conscious about his knee and we’ll see.”
The injury appeared to be much worse when Duncan went down with 3:54 left in the second quarter.