San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker Paces Team Past Chicago Bulls

By Jay Desai

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The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth straight game on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Chicago Bulls 116-105 at home.

With Bulls players Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler sidelined for the game, the Spurs took advantage early, building an 18-point lead at the half. Chicago was able to cut the deficit to 10-points heading into the final quarter but that was as about as close as they would get, finding themselves only able to come within eight points of San Antonio in the fourth.

Mar 8, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks the ball as Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic (R) looks on during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Turnover issues were a major contributor to the Bulls loss with Chicago committing 20 for the game. The Spurs turned the ball over only seven times.

The Bulls were able to combat some of their turnover issues by getting to the line 29 times, converting 26 of their attempts, and winning the rebounding battle 44-35, however, that minus-13 in the turnover department just ended up being too much to overcome.

Both teams shot the ball well with the Spurs connecting on 48.9% of their field goals, 9-of-22 from deep, while the Bulls made 50.7% of their attempts, 5-of-15 from three-point range.

Tony Parker continued his great work during this six-game home-stand, having his highest scoring output so far with 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting against the Bulls. Kawhi Leonard also played well, contributing 20 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in the win.

Chicago was led by Pau Gasol who finished with a 23 point, 15 rebound double-double. The Bulls’ Aaron Brooks was solid as well, scoring 22 points in the start.

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With the win, San Antonio was able to move percentage points ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for the sixth spot in the West, improving their overall record to 39-23. Chicago fell to 39-25 with the loss.

Also notable was Tim Duncan’s 0-of-8 performance, his first field goal-less game in his career.

Next up for the Spurs is game four of this six-game home-stand against the Toronto Raptors. The game is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. CT.

What do you think about San Antonio’s win over Chicago? Can the Spurs keep up their winning ways for the remainder of this home-stand? Let us know in the comments!

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