NBA Game Summary - Chicago at San Antonio
(Wednesday, December 26th)
Final Score: San Antonio 94, Chicago 79
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored a game-high 28 points, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a commanding 94-79 win over the Chicago Bulls and their new head coach at the AT&T Center.
Michael Finley added 15 points, and Bruce Bowen, Ime Udoka, and Matt Bonner each chipped in 12 for San Antonio, which has won two straight. Tim Duncan grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists to go with eight points.
The Spurs played without guard Manu Ginobili, who didn't dress because of a sprained left index finger.
Joe Smith led Chicago with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Ben Gordon scored 18, but the Bulls lost their third straight. The Bulls played their first since the firing of head coach Scott Skiles on Christmas Eve.
Assistant coach Pete Myers served as head coach for the Bulls, who are now 9-17, which is the worst record in the Central Division.
The Bulls took a 22-21 lead after one quarter, but a 13-3 run to start the second stanza helped the Spurs take control, and they never relinquished the lead. Finley started it off with a pair of buckets, and Parker capped it with a jumper of his own to put San Antonio ahead 34-25, with 7:18 left in the half.
The Spurs held that lead, and Bowen's jumper capped the first-half scoring to put San Antonio ahead into the break at 51-39.
Chicago hung around in the third quarter, and got within eight several times. With 7:41 left in the stanza, Gordon made a jumper to draw the Bulls within 57-49.
But Finley answered with a jumper, and the teams continued to trade baskets for the rest of the third. The Spurs held a 72-59 lead going into the fourth.
San Antonio used an 11-0 run in the middle of the final stanza, capped by a Parker layup and a pair of free throws, to gain an 88-65 lead with 6:03 left, and the Spurs cruised from there.
Spurs guard Brent Barry left the game in the second quarter with an injured left calf. He is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday...San Antonio has won nine of its last 11 against Chicago...Luol Deng finished with 12 points and seven boards for Chicago, while Chris Duhon scored 13 off the bench...San Antonio is 2-0 on a current four-game homestand, and will continue it Friday against Toronto...The Bulls next play Friday, when they host Milwaukee.
12/26 23:49:03 ET