Monday , Jan , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hinrich stars as Bulls down Spurs

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich paced five Bulls players in double
figures with 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists, as
Chicago defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 99-87.

Ben Gordon had 20 points for the Bulls, who won their second straight despite
not having both Ben Wallace and Chris Duhon in the lineup. Wallace missed the
game because of back spasms, while Duhon was suspended by Chicago for the game
for missing practice over the weekend.

Luol Deng had 17 points in the win, while Andres Nocioni added 12 points and
11 rebounds in significant minutes off the bench.

Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tim Duncan had 21 and 16 rebounds for the
Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak halted. Bruce Bowen and Michael
Finley each added 10 points.

The Spurs led 24-21 after the first frame, but the Bulls seized a five-point
lead early in the second behind the strength of a 9-0 run, as Viktor
Khryapa’s jumper put the Bulls ahead 32-27.

Two straight jumpers by Gordon moved Chicago’s lead to double digits at 42-32
with 4:33 remaining in the second frame, and Chicago led by seven, 52-45, at
the half.

San Antonio got as close as four in the third quarter, but the Bulls held off
the attack and held a 74-64 lead after the third.

Chicago netted nine of the fourth quarter’s first 12 points to move their lead
to 83-67 with 9:24 remaining. Hinrich converted a three-point play to open the
run, while Nocioni and Thabo Sefolosha each hit three-pointers.

San Antonio failed to get closer than 12 for a stretch in the fourth, and the
Bulls put the game away with a small 6-1 run that made it a 91-74 with 3:45 to

A three by Bowen with 1:44 on the clock pulled the Spurs to within 93-83 with
under two minutes to play, but San Antonio failed to get any closer.

Game Notes

Tyrus Thomas was the only Bulls starter not to finish in double-figures. He
had eight points and eight rebounds. P.J. Brown had 10 in the win…Bowen
added eight rebounds…Even without Wallace, Chicago won the rebounding battle
45-43…The Bulls shot 49.4 percent from the floor. The Spurs finished at a
39.5 percent clip.