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Old 03-11-14, 10:12 AM
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Tuesday Night Spurs at Bulls Game Thread (7:00 pm)

Tue, Mar 11
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By JOHN KOSIK, Associated Press


The San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls have continued their recent surges with emotional victories over the two-time defending NBA champions in the last week.

The Spurs, whose home loss to the Bulls in late January capped their worst stretch of the season, go for their seventh straight win and 14th in 17 games since that defeat when they visit Chicago on Tuesday night.

San Antonio (46-16) rolled to a 111-87 win at home against Miami on Thursday in an NBA finals rematch before Chicago (35-28) held off the Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday to put them on the verge of losing four straight for the first time in three years.

The win for the Spurs avenged a 113-101 loss in Miami on Jan. 26 that began a three-game slide which closed with a 96-86 defeat to the Bulls three days later - the only time this season San Antonio has dropped consecutive contests. It also ended a stretch of five losses in seven games, including against Portland, Oklahoma City and Houston.

The Spurs have been on an offensive tear since Chicago limited them to their third-lowest point total of the season, averaging 106.6 over the ensuing 16 games to overcome the 101.6 they've allowed.

San Antonio nearly had a letdown after beating Miami before holding off lowly Orlando for a 121-112 victory Saturday. Tony Parker scored 30 points, Manu Ginobili added 24 and Kawhi Leonard had 17 along with two key steals down the stretch.

"It's always hard after a big win against Miami, the emotions," Parker said. "We wanted to make sure we didn't come out flat, and Orlando, they came out firing. They were shooting the ball very well from outside. They are young and they wanted to prove something. They made it hard on us but it's a big win for us."

Tim Duncan added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who continue to jockey with the Thunder and Indiana for the league's best record.

San Antonio heated up after losing to the Bulls despite its annual rodeo road trip. The Spurs' three losses since falling to Chicago all came on that season-high nine-game swing.

They'll now try to win a second straight game in Chicago for the first time since January 2009 after winning 103-89 on their last visit Feb. 11, 2013.

The Bulls, however, have won six of their last seven at home after beating Miami for their 11th win in the last 14 games overall. Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and Jimmy Butler forced a key turnover by LeBron James at the end of regulation to ensure overtime.

"I want what they have - a championship," Noah said of the Heat. "One day, we're going to have to get through those guys."

Noah also had seven assists and five blocks with his dad - tennis great Yannick Noah - looking on, and Butler added 16 points and 11 rebounds while helping to contain James, who was 8 of 23 from the field and finished with 17 points.

The victory improved Chicago to 1-1 on a challenging six-game homestand that opened with a loss to Memphis and also features games against the Rockets and Thunder.

Parker had 20 points and Duncan added 17 for the Spurs in the first meeting this season, but the Bulls had seven players score in double figures and forced 19 turnovers to win for the fifth time over the last eight in the series.
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Old 03-11-14, 11:01 AM
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Hmmm...No mention of Marco's first return to Chicago.
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Old 03-11-14, 12:25 PM
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The Bulls are the best grinder team in the league right now. First team that gets to 90 could win. I just hope nobody gets hurt.
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The Bulls are the best grinder team in the league right now. First team that gets to 90 could win. I just hope nobody gets hurt.
I was thinking the same.

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END OF 1ST QTR - SPURS 38 - BULLS 14

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That was the worst 4th quarter I have ever seen...SMH
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That was the worst 4th quarter I have ever seen...SMH

Yep... they sure stunk the joint up... :drummer
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I'm thinking they falter in the end just to give Pop grayer hair, which will eventually fall out, and a reason to drink more wine.
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checking boxscore... anything wrong with Tiago and green? foul trouble/bad matchup.... or injury?...thanks!


btw that noah is a ępoint-centerĽ... 7assist per game his last few games
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nothing wrong with Tiago or Green, just some ticky tack fouls in the beginning of the game...
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many thanks! with all that injuries, i get nervous every game lol lol
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Regarding Green, I thought I heard either Bill Land or Sean mention that Green was having problems with his hand and that trainer Will Sevening was looking at it. As for Splitter, you're right, tick tack fouls he shouldn't have been called for, IMO.

I'm getting a little more respect for the Bulls center Noah. He held TD to just 4 points and stuck to Duncan like sweat. And he's a pretty good passer as well. And I have to agree with Bill Land's assessment, don't watch him shoot the ball, it will give you bad dreams, eventhough he does makes a lot of his shots. I guess if it works........
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