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             === Back on track, Spurs resume trek against Bulls ===
 (Sports  Network) -  After  having  their 11-game  winning  streak snapped  on
 Friday, the San Antonio Spurs wasted little time in starting a new one.
 They  smoked the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday to became the NBA's first 40-win team
 and  will look for  No. 41 on Monday night when they continue their rodeo road
 trip in Chicago against the Bulls.
 After  the Spurs fell by 10 in Detroit to the Pistons on Friday, they came out
 strong  against the  Nets. Still  without Tim  Duncan and  Manu Ginobili,  San
 Antonio  overcame a 10-point, first-quarter deficit. The Spurs buried the home
 team, 60-29, in the second half for the 111-86 victory.
 "The last three quarters, we played very, very good defense," said Spurs coach
 Gregg  Popovich. "And  at the  same  time, Tony  Parker again.  I don't  think
 there's anybody in the league playing better than he is."
 Against  the Nets,  Parker scored  a  game-high 29  points and  handed out  11
 assists. Over the last 11, Parker is averaging slightly over 25.0 ppg and 9.45
 It's hard to argue with his coach's argument.
 "He's  beyond All Star," Popovich said of Parker. "I think he should be in any
 conversation  for any  award that's  given. There's  a group  of guys,  but he
 should be in that group as one of the guys playing best in the league."
 Monday's  game against the Bulls is the fourth of nine straight on the road as
 the rodeo hits San Antonio. The All-Star break will be mixed in, but the Spurs
 are a league-best 18-10 on the road.
 The  Bulls come  home for a brief stop  Monday. They just went 3-3 on a recent
 road  trip and  return to the Windy  City for the Spurs game before heading to
 Boston on Wednesday.
 Chicago  finished  its sojourn with a  93-89 victory Friday night in Utah over
 the  Jazz.  It was a solid  win for the Bulls  after getting thrashed by 32 in
 Denver the night before.
 "I  am just glad  we got the win," said head coach Tom Thibodeau. "That is the
 thing  we needed, we needed to bounce back. We took a punch last night, but we
 got  up  tonight and we  fought. That is  what you have  to do. You can't look
 backwards,  you can't look ahead, you have to look at exactly what is in front
 of  you.  It's been a long  trip. Now we get  a chance to gather, get home and
 Carlos  Boozer  was the  key to beating  his old team.  Boozer, who played six
 seasons  with  the Jazz before  bolting to Chicago as  a free agent before the
 2010-11 season, had 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.
 Boozer  led the  Bulls in scoring, while Nate Robinson, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah
 and Taj Gibson also netted double figures.
 The Bulls have won two in a row against the Spurs and four of their last five.
 San Antonio's last victory in Chicago came on Jan. 17, 2009.
 02/11 10:56:27 ET

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