Bulls hand Spurs second home loss

This article is cross-posted at Spurs Basketball.

Derrick Rose scored 29 points as the Chicago Bulls stayed on a roll by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 96-89 on Wednesday night in San Antonio.

Blair finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds, but the Spurs fall to the Bulls 96-89. (Photo via ESPN)

Rose shook off a scary-looking collision with Tony Parker early that kept him on the floor clutching his right knee for several minutes. However, the reigning MVP never left the game and the Bulls became just the second team to win in San Antonio this season.

Gary Neal led the Spurs with 21 points, DeJuan Blair started out strong and Tim Duncan carried his team in the third quarter, but San Antonio floundered late and had their homecoming spoiled after going 8-1 during a nine-game road trip.

Joakim Noah added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago.

The Bulls have won 11 of 13 and surged ahead for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Duncan finished 18 points and 10 rebounds. He brought the Spurs back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter after starting out rusty.

The 35 year-old future Hall of Famer scored 12 points in the third quarter and led San Antonio to a 66-65 advantage entering the fourth, while Parker struggled to keep pace with Rose.

Parker finished with 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting and had nine assists.

After scoring 32 points and sinking a crucial jumper with 19.4 seconds left to beat lowly New Orleans on Tuesday night, Rose delivered late again. He scored 13 points in the second half and hit a 9-foot bank shot with 1:46 left that put Chicago up 87-82.

Duncan quickly answered, but on the next possession Rose all but finished off the Spurs. This time it was a tough 18-footer over Duncan’s outstretched hand that put the Bulls up 89-84, and Luol Deng’s 3-pointer with 39.6 seconds left stretched the lead to six and sealed a winning start to Chicago’s three-game road swing.

Danny Green had 11 points for the Spurs, Blair added nine points and nine boards, while C.J. Watson scored 12 points,  and Deng finished with 10 points for Chicago.

The Spurs will try to bounce back on Friday night, when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.


5 thoughts on “Bulls hand Spurs second home loss

  1. I think the Spurs played well but just came up short, but it looks like we need another big, if expect to have a deep playoff push.

  2. Robby
    Great game it reminded me of us playing against us, if you know what I mean. The Bulls are a true mirror image of what we were like just as we started our Championships run. I believe they are a player away from winning it all. They still need a true big like us for a twin tower combo. The Bulls haven’t figure that out yet and we on the other hand are in denial with this Right Kind of Guy and team chemistry theory. I believe sometimes there are exceptions to the rules or as we say bend them, a veteran Big for us would be alright with me because he would know how to fit and adjust to our system in a couple of days, AMac please. I hope he can come out of retirement and finish the season with us. Robby, what do think? and guys keep an eye or two on the Griz’s just holding steady at the seven seed watching what we are doing and no one has called them out yet. We were chastize for seating our starters the day we played at Portland.

    • First of all, I wanna thank all of you for the continued support and great thoughts.

      Joe, The Bulls played their heart out to beat us and we still don’t have Manu. Blair has been playing his butt off but we are clearly undersized.

      About McDyess, I’d love him to come back, but all up to him. It feels like he don’t want to play anymore.

      The Portland game is what it is. Coach Pop is a great coach and knows what he is doing. Fans may not agree with him all the time, but I’m sure his doing everything in his power to keep the Spurs, the best they can be.

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