Gasol’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls, 133-94

SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs routinely rest on their abyss to get by a rigors of a extensive unchanging season, though their disposition on their pot progressing than common after mixed injuries.

No some-more so than Saturday night, when San Antonio was though a third of a roster.

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds and a short-handed Spurs kick a Chicago Bulls 133-94, environment a season-high in points notwithstanding blank 6 players.

“I usually desired it, we favourite it a lot,” San Antonio manager Gregg Popovich pronounced playfully when asked about his immature talent. “We had a lot of guys that played good tonight. Real large opposite altogether opinion as distant as aggressiveness and relocating a basketball and communicating and not holding anything for postulated like we did a diversion before.”

Dejounte Murray combined 17 points and associate second-year actor Davis Bertans had 16 points in 18 mins for San Antonio.

Chicago Bulls ensure Kris Dunn, right, drives opposite San Antonio Spurs ensure Dejounte Murray during a initial half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/Associated Press)

Chicago mislaid rookie brazen Lauri Markkanen to a sprained left ankle late in a initial half. The astringency of a damage is unknown, Bulls manager Fred Hoiberg said.

The Spurs were though 3 starters and dual pivotal reserves. In further to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who have nonetheless to play this deteriorate due to quadriceps injuries, San Antonio was also though Danny Green. Manu Ginobili complacent on a second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs still had a abyss to palm a rebuilding Bulls their fourth true loss.

“Having people out and carrying mislaid a final diversion during home final night, we theory you’re (playing) some-more with an edge,” Gasol said.

Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul any had 15 points as San Antonio sealed out a six-game homestand with 4 victories.

Bryn Forbes, who was creation his initial career start, had 13 points on 3-for-5 sharpened from 3.

San Antonio was also roughly though Gay, who was “50/50” with an bum back, though a maestro brazen played 18 minutes.

“Rudy achieved well,” Popovich said. “He had a bruise back, though he came out and played. Stayed in a game. we wanted to move him out, though he wanted to get some some-more minutes. we suspicion he was unequivocally assertive on offense.”

San Antonio raced to a 30-8 lead in a opening quarter, fluctuating a domain to 22 points during a tighten of a period.

The Bulls shot 35 percent and did not have any fastbreak points in a initial entertain while a Spurs had eight.

“We haven’t been personification with that edge,” Chicago core Robin Lopez said. “I know we haven’t been talking. we know myself, there was a integrate of plays where we wasn’t communicating a right approach and we gave adult a bucket. We usually haven’t had that foul communication that breeds good plays, that breeds dispatch plays.”

Lopez and Bobby Portis any had 17 points to lead a Bulls.


Bulls: Chicago had 9 steals after averaging 10.3 in a prior 3 games. … The Bulls trailed by 22 points after a initial quarter. It was a Spurs’ largest domain after a opening duration given heading by 24 in Chicago in 2014. … Justin Holiday was 1 for 4 on 3-pointers, gnawing a 15-game strain in that me done during slightest dual 3s. … The Bulls have mislaid 4 true in San Antonio. Chicago’s final feat during a ATT Center was Jan. 29, 2014.

Spurs: Forbes is a third undrafted actor underneath 6-foot-4 actor to start a diversion in authorization history, fasten Avery Johnson and Anthony Carter. … Gay has 10-plus points in 10 of 13 games this season. Ginobili is a usually Spurs haven with some-more double-digit scoring by 13 games in a past 30 years. Ginobili had 10-plus points in all 13 games in 2008, when he won a Sixth Man of a Year. … The Spurs had dual back-to-back games during home in a same month for a initial time in authorization history.


Chicago has 12 players with reduction than 3 years of experience, that could cause into a team’s 2-9 start, though it shouldn’t.

“You can if we wish an excuse, a bad excuse,” Bulls maestro Quincy Pondexter said. “I don’t consider we trust in excuses. we don’t consider we feel contemptible for ourselves. we consider we have to figure out a approach to make something click for us.”

Pondexter and Lopez are a usually players on Chicago’s register that have been in a NBA some-more than 5 seasons.


Kyle Anderson has started each diversion during tiny brazen this deteriorate in place of Leonard.

“He’s splaying a finish game,” Popovich said. “He’s personification with high basketball IQ on both ends of a floor. He’s most some-more assured in what he does. People suffer personification with him. He moves a basketball, he hits a open male and he’s removing some-more assured in his possess shot.”


Forbes and Chicago haven Denzel Valentine reunited after carrying played basketball together given they were seven-years aged and into careers during Michigan State.


Bulls: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday night to tighten out their deteriorate array with a Thunder.

Spurs: Visit Dallas on Tuesday night in their initial highway diversion in dual weeks.

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