Spurs edge Bulls in overtime
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored eight of his 22 points in
overtime to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Chicago Bulls, 104-95, at the
Tim Duncan added 24 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the Spurs, who
outscored the Bulls 13-4 in OT on their way to their third win in four games
this season. Manu Ginobili tallied 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for San
Antonio, which defeated the Bulls for the ninth straight time.
Luol Deng had 19 points and six rebounds and Ben Gordon tallied 14 points for
Chicago, which has dropped two straight after opening the season with an OT
win versus Charlotte.
With the game tied a 93-93 in overtime, the veteran group of Spurs took over
and the Bulls appeared to run out of steam. Parker’s basket just over a minute
into the session gave San Antonio the lead for good. Michael Finley followed
with a three-pointer for a five-point lead and Chicago could never recover.
Duncan’s jumper with 41 second left made it a seven-point game and the Spurs
cruised to the finish.
“It was a great one tonight,” said Duncan. That is really big for a team like
this. We showed great composure in the overtime. No one forced shots or
Finley ended with eight points off the bench.
San Antonio built itself a 33-21 lead after one quarter and carried a 50-42
advantage into halftime.
Chicago responded in the third, outscoring the Spurs 26-19 to draw within
69-68 heading into the fourth.
The game remained close throughout the quarter with the largest lead for
either team being four points. Finley’s basket at the midway mark gave the
Spurs an 81-77 edge.
Chicago answered to tie the game at 81-81 and it continued to be close into
the final minute of regulation. After Tony Parker gave the Spurs a 91-89 lead
with 1:03 remaining, the game would go without a bucket until Ben Gordon came
up with a huge baseline jumper with just 16 seconds left to tie the game at
Ginobili had a chance to win the game, but he couldn’t get a good shot
off as time expired to force overtime.
“I was proud of the way we played,” Chicago head coach Scott Skiles said. “I
thought we played very hard.”
San Antonio’s Brent Barry left the game with lower back spasms and did not
return…The Spurs have won 13 of 14 versus the Bulls, including five straight
in Chicago…Nazr Mohammed had 15 points for San Antonio…Michael Sweetney
had 10 points and 13 boards for the Bulls…Tyson Chandler also had a double-
double with 11 points and 12 boards for Chicago.