San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan filled the stat sheet with 18
points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, as the San Antonio Spurs used a strong
second half to beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-83, on Wednesday.
Manu Ginobili added 18 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have won
three in a row. Kawhi Leonard tallied 14 points and seven boards.
Tiago Splitter donated 13 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which
outscored Chicago by a 54-31 margin in the second half. Patty Mills also had
"In the first half it was not great, not bad either, but the second half was
great," Ginobili said. "We attacked and moved the ball around the court from
side to side and that is what you have to do against good defensive teams. I
think that is something we should be really satisfied about."
Marco Belinelli ended with 21 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who went
0-2 against the Spurs this season. Luol Deng added 19 points and seven
The Spurs jumped out to a 15-6 lead, but the Bulls responded with a 15-1 run.
Nate Robinson's layup gave Chicago a 21-16 edge with 46.3 seconds left in the
first quarter. The visitors took a 23-22 margin into the second.
The Bulls went on a 15-0 run during the middle stages of the second stanza.
Marquis Teague capped the surge with a 3-pointer to make it 46-32 with 4:06 to
San Antonio responded with the next 11 points to make it a three-point
contest. Belinelli's layup with 36.4 seconds left gave the Bulls a 52-47 lead
at the break.
The Spurs scored the final six points of a tightly-contested third quarter.
Splitter's slam with 52.6 seconds remaining gave the home team a 72-68 margin
San Antonio carried that momentum into the fourth, starting the final frame on
a 13-3 run. Ginobili and Mills each tallied five points during the burst to
give the Spurs an 85-71 edge.
The Bulls never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
"They have a very good team at executing," Deng said on the Spurs' execution.
"When you play a team like that, you've got to stay disciplined the whole 48
minutes. They do a good job of just staying focused and staying with the game
The Spurs improved to 25-3 at home this season ... The Bulls, who have lost
two in a row, played without guards Richard Hamilton (back) and Kirk Hinrich
(foot) on Wednesday ... The Spurs shot 54.1 percent from the field ... Teague
and Carlos Boozer had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bulls.