NBA: Spurs' Duncan to miss Warriors clash

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan will be missing the clash against the Golden State Warriors.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan will be missing the clash against the Golden State Warriors.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(REUTERS) - Tim Duncan will miss San Antonio's eagerly awaited match-up against Western Conference rivals Golden State on Monday because of a sore knee, the Spurs said on Sunday.

Golden State have an National Basketball Association-best 40-4 record this season, with San Antonio just behind at 38-6.

The Warriors were crowned champions last season but did not have to go through the Spurs in the play-offs.

The 39-year-old Duncan has won five NBA championships and was named league Most Valuable Player twice.