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No structural damage to Duncan's sore knee

Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in the closing minutes on January 3, 2013
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in the closing minutes of the game after being injured against the New York Knicks on January 3, 2013. Duncan underwent an MRI exam on Sunday that showed no structural damage on his sore left knee.

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural damage on his sore left knee a day after he was injured in an NBA victory over Washington.

Duncan, who is averaging 17.3 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds for the Spurs, had missed four games in a row with a knee injury before returning to the court in San Antonio's 96-86 home triumph.

But in the second quarter of the contest, Duncan suffered the knee injury as well as a mild sprain of his right ankle.

At 38-11, the Spurs have the best record in the league just ahead of Oklahoma City, 35-12.

Duncan, the NBA Rookie of the year in the 1997-98 season, sparked the Spurs to NBA titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Only Boston, Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers have won more crowns than San Antonio.

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