Nuggets' Martin leaves game with back injury
HOUSTON -- Denver center Kenyon Martin left the Nuggets' game Sunday night against Houston after straining his back.
The 6-foot-9 Martin, Denver's leading rebounder, left the game with 11:27 left in the second quarter and was replaced by Eduardo Najera. Martin hobbled to the locker room later in the quarter, flinging his yellow headband into the seats.
Nuggets spokesperson Teri Washington said at halftime that Martin would not return.
Martin has missed eight games in an injury-plagued season. He was sidelined two games in late December with a right thigh bruise and sat out six other times because of tendinitis in his left knee.
Martin spent much of Friday's loss to Dallas with an ice pack on his back. He played only 9 minutes against the Rockets, hitting a free throw and grabbing three rebounds before suffering the injury.
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