NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Chicago
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: San Antonio 92, Chicago 87
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili tallied 21 points and six rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs traveled to Chicago and defeated the Bulls by a 92-87 margin.
Tony Parker added 20 points and eight assists for the Spurs, who have won six of eight. Tim Duncan provided 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Matt Bonner had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
"The first half, we had a big lead, and they came back and made a run at us," Parker said. "The second half, we played better defense and made better stops we needed to win the game."
Michael Finley scored 11 points for San Antonio.
Ben Gordon had a team-high 20 points for the Bulls, who have lost three of five. Andres Nocioni contributed 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Derrick Rose posted 12 points and eight assists in a losing cause.
"I think we played good enough to win," Nocioni said. "I think we did a lot of things really good. This is the way we need to play every night. (If we play like we did in losses like this), for sure we'll win a lot of games."
Luol Deng had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.
Holding a six-point edge to start the fourth, the Spurs quickly made it a nine-point lead, 68-59, on Finley's three to begin the quarter.
But the Bulls started to chip away, and Deng's basket just past the eight- minute mark made it a four-point game. Nocioni tied the game at 77 on consecutive buckets with just over four minutes to play.
A Drew Gooden free throw put Chicago ahead by one, but Parker's nifty layup put San Antonio back ahead with a little under two minutes left.
Ginobili followed with a three to extend the Spurs' lead to four, 86-82. The Argentina native drained two free throws with 36.8 seconds left to make it a six-point game.
Nocioni was fouled from three-point range with 30.0 seconds to go and made all three free throws; however, Ginobili was able to draw a foul with one second on the shot clock, and he made 2-of-3 free throws with 7.5 seconds left to seal the win.
"It's a tough situation, you don't want to get a three like that," Ginobili said. "And (Nocioni) was just good enough to draw the same play 10 seconds before. I got a ton of respect for him, the type of competitor he is."
San Antonio opened a 28-17 lead after the first quarter, but Chicago came back to tie the game, 43-43, at halftime.
Tied at 57 late in the third, the Spurs ripped off eight straight points and took a 65-59 edge to the fourth.
San Antonio improved to 11-6 on the road, while Chicago fell to 13-8 at home...The Spurs have taken four straight meetings with the Bulls...Gooden had 11 points in the loss.
01/18 02:15:02 ET