- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 26 points and pulled down four rebounds, leading the Spurs to an impressive win. Danny Green added 18 points as the Spurs dictated the pace for most of the night. Nate Robinson had another solid night for the Bulls, scoring 20 points, dishing out seven assists and pulling down two rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau won't be happy about the way his team played against an undermanned Spurs squad.
What it means: The result of this game should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the Bulls this season. They have played up or down to the level of their competition throughout the season. When the Bulls found out that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker weren't playing there's little doubt they let down mentally. The difference is that the Spurs 'JV' team is still extremely talented and did everything head coach Gregg Popovich wanted it to do. They ran their sets well and played with the edge that the Bulls were missing for most of the night. Now the Bulls head into a game against the Boston Celtics trying to avoid their fourth loss in five games.
Hits: Joakim Noah only had seven points but his effort was solid and he played almost 40 minutes on a right foot that has been bothering him because of plantar fasciitis. Noah pulled down 15 rebounds, had five assists and looked a lot like his old self on the floor.
Misses: Luol Deng was just 4-for-13 on the night, scoring 11 points and picking up a technical foul.
Stats of the night: Rebounds: Bulls led 49-26. Turnovers: Bulls 19 Spurs 8.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Celtics Wednesday night in their final game before the All-Star break.
8dMatt Walks, ESPN.com