NBA Game Summary - Chicago at San Antonio
(Monday, January 25th)
Final Score: Chicago 98, San Antonio 93
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Joakim Noah scored the final five points of the game to propel the Chicago Bulls past the San Antonio Spurs, 98-93, at the AT&T Center.
Noah, who missed Saturday's contest with a foot injury, ended with 11 points and five rebounds for the Bulls, who improved to 3-2 on a seven-game road trip. Derrick Rose chipped in 27 points and six assists. Kirk Hinrich tallied 18 points, six boards, and five assists while Luol Deng donated 10 points and nine rebounds for Chicago, which shot 53.8 percent from the field.
"I just think we've been playing a lot tougher on the road," Hinrich said. "Last year we were really bad on the road and this year didn't start off very good. I think winning on the road just comes down to competing, mental and physical toughness throughout the whole game."
Tony Parker finished with 20 points, eight assists, and six rebounds for the Spurs, who dropped to 0-3 on a six-game homestand. Tim Duncan had 15 points and five boards. Manu Ginobili and Antonio McDyess each ended with 14 points for San Antonio, which made 41.9 percent of its shots.
"This game was frustrating," Duncan said. "Any time you put yourself in a situation to win games and you can't get over the hump it's frustrating. It's going to happen sometime. We have a team that we can win games especially like the one tonight, but we just need find ways to get it done. Defensively we aren't as good as we want to be...we need to start (improving) there."
Trailing 85-79 near the midway point of the fourth, the Spurs ripped off eight straight points to go in front. George Hill accounted for six of the points during the spurt, including a short jumper to make it 87-85 with 3:48 remaining.
Chicago took the lead back thanks to back-to-back buckets from Deng and Rose, with the latter making it an 89-87 contest with 2:51 left in regulation.
With the score tied at 91-91, Rose made a jumper from the foul line to give the Bulls a two-point edge. Ginobili then connected on a pair of foul shots at the other end to knot the contest at 93 with 42.8 seconds to go.
Rose missed a driving layup but Noah was there for the putback with 36.3 ticks left.
Deng blocked Ginobili's driving layup at the opposite end of the court, and Noah made 1-of-2 from the foul line with 13.4 seconds remaining to make it 96-93.
Ginobili drove to the hoop and missed a layup. Noah grabbed the rebound and made both foul shots to seal the victory for Chicago.
The Spurs started the first quarter on a 20-8 run. However, the Bulls ripped off 10 straight points near the end of the period to go in front. Hinrich's back-to-back jumpers to end the run made it 27-26. San Antonio held a 31-29 margin after 12 minutes.
The Bulls scored six consecutive points in the latter stages of the second to build a 52-43 lead on John Salmons' jumper with 3:15 remaining. But the Spurs scored the final seven points of the half to get within 52-50 at the break.
Chicago led for a majority of the third, but it was the Spurs who took a 71-70 edge into the final frame.
Despite the loss, the Spurs have won five of the past eight matchups with the Bulls. They had won three straight and nine of the previous 10 meetings between the teams in the Alamo City...On Monday, the New Orleans Hornets acquired center Aaron Gray from the Bulls in exchange for guard Devin Brown...San Antonio will also host the Hawks, Grizzlies and Nuggets on the homestand and owns a 17-9 mark at the AT&T Center...Chicago is 7-15 away from the Windy City and will also visit Oklahoma City and New Orleans on the road trip.
01/26 00:59:39 ET