Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Spurs 101, Bulls 83
By Nick Friedell
SAN ANTONIO -- Here's a quick look at the San Antonio Spurs' 101-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at AT&T Center:
How it happened: Manu Ginobili had 18 points and seven assists as San Antonio grinded the Bulls out in the final 12 minutes. Tim Duncan added 18 points and 10 rebounds while Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and seven rebounds of his own. Marco Belinelli had another solid outing for the Bulls scoring 21 points and dishing out seven assists.
What it means: The Bulls always miss Derrick Rose, and they have certainly missed Kirk Hinrich over the past few months as he continues to battle injuries, but the lack of solid depth at the point guard position was painfully obvious for the Bulls. Nate Robinson could not find his rhythm and, as usual, fired up several ill-advised shots. Marquis Teague played well in the second quarter but struggled to get the Bulls into the offense down the stretch and continues to have the ups and downs that every rookie goes through. The Bulls' usually strong defense didn't stand up in the second half and is a major reason they lost, but the fact that Rose and Hinrich aren't on the floor for the Bulls can't be overstated. Hinrich is not a gifted offensive player, but he gets his teammates where they need to be on the floor and Rose is, well, Derrick Rose. The Bulls needed a difference maker down the stretch and they didn't have one.
Hits: Deng had a nice night scoring 19 points with seven rebounds.
Misses: Robinson was just 3-for-13 from the field.
Stat of the night: The Spurs shot 54.1 percent from the field. The Bulls shot just 36.7 from the field. The Spurs outscored the Bulls 29-15 in the fourth quarter.
What's next: The Bulls take on the Utah Jazz at home on Friday night.