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Manu Ginobili back against Nuggets

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was back in uniform against the Denver Nuggets and played just his 10th game this season Sunday night.

He scored eights points and had five assists in 24 minutes off the bench as the Spurs lost 99-94.

Ginobili had missed the last two weeks with a strained oblique and sat out a month before that with a broken hand.

Ginobili was averaging 19.8 points before breaking his hand five games into the season. Yet the Spurs have held up remarkably well without him, sitting just 3½ games behind first-place Oklahoma City entering Sunday night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.