NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Chicago|
(Monday, February 11th)
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Chicago 89
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Even without their big three, the San Antonio
Spurs remain on a roll.
Kawhi Leonard had 26 points in the Spurs' 103-89 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Danny Green tallied 18 points and six rebounds, while Tiago Splitter and Gary
Neal added 16 points apiece for the Spurs, who have won 13 of their last 14
Tim Duncan has missed nine of his last 11 contests due to a sore
left knee, Manu Ginobili has missed five straight with tightness in his
left hamstring and Tony Parker missed the action due to swelling around his
The last time San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich sat Duncan, Ginobili and
Parker in the same game -- a nationally televised showdown with the Miami
Heat -- the NBA slapped the Spurs with a $250,000 fine. But all three were
healthy scratches then.
"One would hope you could play with anybody in the system. But it was a great
challenge," Popovich said.
Nate Robinson had 20 points and seven assists for Chicago, which has dropped
four of its last six tilts.
Leonard's 3-pointer gave San Antonio a 68-54 cushion midway through the third,
but the Bulls outscored the Spurs 21-8 over the next eight-plus minutes to
pull within one point.
Robinson had nine points during the surge, which was capped on a Taj Gibson
dunk to make it 76-75 with 9:51 left.
The Spurs, though, countered with a run of their own.
Splitter poured in six points during a 13-3 swing and Leonard concluded it
with a layup to put San Antonio up, 89-78, midway through the fourth.
The visitors led by as many as 14 down the stretch.
The Bulls led 24-20 after one quarter of play, but the Spurs had a 31-18
advantage in the second quarter and took a 51-42 spread into the break.
"I don't think we took them for granted. I just think they came out and played
harder than us." Gibson said of losing to the short-handed Spurs.
San Antonio moved to 32-1 this season when leading at halftime ... Richard
Hamilton had 16 points, while Joakim Noah pulled down 15 rebounds for Chicago
... The Bulls turned the ball over 19 times, which led to 29 San Antonio
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