Rapid Reaction: Spurs 104, Bulls 96

March, 11, 2014
3/11/14
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 104-96 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the United Center.

How it happened: Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists while Manu Ginobili chipped in with 22 points as the Spurs dominated this game from start to finish. Jimmy Butler had 23 points and six rebounds, but it wasn't close to enough for a Bulls team that looked like it had a collective hangover after Sunday's big win over the Miami Heat.

What it means: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talked about readiness to play before this game and the trouble they would be in if his team was still thinking about the Miami game. The Bulls didn't heed Thibodeau's advice because this game was over by the end of the first quarter, even as the Spurs pushed their lead up to 32 points by midway through the second. Any team can have a bad night, but the Bulls couldn't make the mistakes they made against a great team -- and that's exactly what the Spurs are.

Hits: D.J. Augustin had 24 points and four assists off the bench.

Misses: Kirk Hinrich was 1-for-9 from the field.

Stat of the night:The Spurs outscored the Bulls 38-14 in the first quarter.

What's next: The Bulls take on the Houston Rockets on Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
20.4 3.3 1.8 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 12.1
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.8
BlocksP. Gasol 2.1