Duncan Injured in Loss
Stromile Swift scored five points in the final minutes and finished with 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to an 88-80 victory over the injury-plagued San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Memphis, Tenn.
The Spurs, already missing starting point guard Tony Parker because of an ankle injury, lost Tim Duncan with five minutes remaining in the first quarter because of a minor ankle sprain.
“When Tim went down, we all looked at each other and said: ‘We’ve got to win this game,’ ” said Memphis center Lorenzen Wright.
The team described Duncan’s injury as a mild sprain to the left ankle and said last season’s league most valuable player would have an MRI exam today.
Duncan, who had 10 first-quarter points, appeared to roll his foot after a shot. He fell near the foul line and held his ankle before time was called. After team officials looked at the injury, Duncan limped to the bench and eventually to the dressing room.
Utah 93, Minnesota 88 -- Matt Harpring scored 32 points and Greg Ostertag pulled down a career-best 21 rebounds for the Jazz at Salt Lake City.
The Jazz took advantage of Kevin Garnett’s ejection in the second quarter. Garnett was tossed with two technicals for arguing a call, and Minnesota couldn’t hang on to a lead in the fourth quarter without the star forward, who threw the ball into the crowd before leaving.
Dallas 103, Miami 93 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter to break open a tight game at Dallas. Miami was missing key players Eddie Jones (sore right hand) and Dwyane Wade (left hip pointer).
Atlanta 90, New Orleans 80 -- Jacque Vaughn filled in for top scorer Jason Terry at Atlanta, and the Hawks handed the Hornets their first loss of the season. Terry, averaging 22.7 points, was suspended for one game by the NBA for throwing an elbow in Saturday’s loss to Indiana.
Houston 98, Chicago 66 -- Steve Francis scored 19 points to lead the Rockets at Chicago.
The Rockets forced the Bulls into 19 turnovers and held them to 27% shooting.
New York 75, Orlando 68 -- The Knicks held the Magic to a franchise-low 25% shooting at Orlando, Fla. The Magic’s previous worst shooting effort was 28.6% at Philadelphia in 1999.
Philadelphia 94, Portland 83 -- Allen Iverson scored 30 points to lead the 76ers at Portland.
Iverson got some help from Glenn Robinson, who scored 15 points in his season debut after missing the first three games because of an NBA-imposed suspension after a domestic assault and battery conviction.