San Antonio (50-16) at New York (27-37)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Mar 21, 2005
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San Antonio is going to have finish the rest of its three-game road trip without Tim Duncan.

The Spurs, who will visit the New York Knicks in the middle game of the trip, lost Duncan to a sprained ankle on Sunday in a 110-101 loss to Detroit.

The two-time MVP’s ankle turned in gruesome fashion after he scored and landed on Rasheed Wallace’s foot under the basket.

“I didn’t know what happened to him,” Wallace said. “I just saw him go down and heard him say, ‘Ah!”’

Duncan immediately grabbed his right foot as he fell to the floor, where he stayed for a few minutes before being helped off without putting weight on his right foot.

The Spurs said X-rays were negative and Duncan is day to day. Before he left the arena, Duncan said he didn’t know how serious the injury was.

“It’s the same ankle that he sprained a couple weeks ago, but this was much worse,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “It’s going to be a while.”

While the Spurs traveled to New York for Monday’s game, the 7-foot Duncan flew back to San Antonio on a plane provided by the Pistons.

Duncan’s badly sprained ankle will force him to miss the final two games of San Antonio’s road trip at New York and Indiana. Duncan is having another solid season statistically, averaging 20.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks this season.

The Western Conference-leading Spurs had won three consecutive games and eight of 10 before Sunday’s loss.

San Antonio lost Duncan to an injury just as they got second leading scorer Manu Ginobili back from one. Ginobili had 14 points in 16 minutes after missing five straight games with a strained right groin.

Duncan’s ankle injury could mean more playing time for forward Robert Horry and former Knicks center Nazr Mohammed. Mohammed had 15 points and eight rebounds against the Pistons.

Mohammed has been a disappointment for San Antonio thus far, averaging just 6.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in seven games since getting traded to the Spurs in exchange for forward Malik Rose. Rose spent seven full seasons with San Antonio and was a member of both their NBA championship teams before joining New York.

Rose and the Knicks have lost three of four to fall four games behind Orlando and Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Stephon Marbury had 23 points and Jamal Crawford 20 in New York’s 97-82 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

“We played as hard as we could and tried to get a win,” Marbury said. “We could have easily shut it down, when they went up but we didn’t. We continued to fight and came to play against a very good team.”

New York was outscored 58-30 in the paint against Miami.

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