NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 26th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (7-8) at San Antonio Spurs (7-6), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls make their next stop on a season-high seven-game road swing Wednesday when they arrive in the Alamo City to take on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Bulls improved to 2-3 on the trek Monday when Larry Hughes scored 16 points, including the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, as Chicago handed Utah its first loss at home this season, 101-100.
Rookie star Derrick Rose chipped in 25 points and nine assists for the Bulls, who have won two of three overall and triumphed for the first time in Utah since November 24, 2004. Drew Gooden gave 18 points and Ben Gordon 15 in the victory.
Chicago will finish the trip in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Meanwhile, San Antonio received a big boost in Memphis Monday when they welcomed Manu Ginobili back to the lineup. Ginobili scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in his first action of the season, as the Spurs jumped out to a big lead and then staved off Memphis for a 94-81 victory to move above .500 for the first time this season.
The Spurs' leading scorer last season with a 19.5 average, Ginobili missed the preseason and the first 12 games of the season after recovering from offseason surgery on his left ankle. The 6-foot-6 Argentine was hurt during his country's semifinal loss to the United States at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
"You appreciate getting 12 points in 11 minutes," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich of Ginobili. "It was a great contribution. He looked as good as he's looked in the past couple practices. I didn't want to play him too much, but I was really pleased that he got his rhythm back so quickly."
George Hill chipped in 20 points and Roger Mason had 18 for the Spurs, who continue to play without All-Star point guard Tony Parker (ankle) but have won two in a row and five of six overall. Tim Duncan ended with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Parker, who has missed eight games, should be back in about two weeks.
The Spurs have dominated the series between the two teams recently, winning 12 of 14 and 16 of the last 19 meetings. Meanwhile, San Antonio has won eight of nine against the Bulls in the Alamo City.
11/26 10:36:12 ET