Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 3/9

Game 1: Saturday, March 9th
Game 2: Thursday, March 14th

Spurs 100


Bulls 73

(16-47, 13-20 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, March 9, 2002

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 27 28 21 24100
    CHI 16 19 17 2173

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast

    Chicago: E. Curry 11 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Surging Spurs hand Bulls fifth straight defeat

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs discovered the benefit of a fast start.

    Tim Duncan

    Duncan had 22 points and 11 rebounds for his league-leading 50th double-double of the season as the Spurs beat the Bulls 100-73 Saturday night.

    "We had great focus tonight and we got started early," said Duncan, who accounted for half of the Spurs' points in a 12-0 first-quarter run. "We're pushing people at the beginning of games so we can put it away easier."

    San Antonio held the Bulls scoreless for more than five minutes in the first quarter. The Spurs shot 53 percent on their way to a 27-16 lead after one.

    "Our experienced guys took charge," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "This kept a young team from getting confidence."

    The Spurs had a 48-34 advantage in rebounds and limited Chicago to 40 percent shooting. The 73 points allowed were a season-low for San Antonio.

    Reserve Eddie Robinson scored 12 points for the Bulls, whose losing streak reached five games.

    After missing four games with injuries to his left pinky and thumb, rookie Tyson Chandler scored eight points in 25 minutes. Chandler, often matched up against Duncan, said he'll benefit from the experience.

    "I got a chance to see Duncan in action," Chandler said. "I took in a lot of information from him. It's an opportunity to learn from one of the best."

    Chicago started 3-0 after acquiring Jalen Rose and Travis Best in a deal last month, but the Bulls have reverted back to their pre-trade ways.

    Rose directed harsh words at Chicago's young players, including rookies Eddy Curry and Chandler.

    "It's hard when you don't compete," said Rose, who had 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting. "I understand a lot of guys are playing for the first time. But when you give up dunk after dunk, and layup after layup ... it really demoralizes the team. That's what you can't learn from. You give yourself no chance.

    "Teams have pretty much been doing this to us every night. It's more disappointing more than frustrating."

    Reserve Malik Rose scored 15 points, and David Robinson added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 25-for-34 from the line and extended their winning streak to five games.

    "In games like today, it's easy to let up, but we didn't," Robinson said. "It's a good sign with the playoffs coming up. We went through a bad stretch, but the last five or six games have been different. We're all on the same page."

    San Antonio scored on 15 of its first 16 possessions in the second quarter.

    Duncan's 14 points and five assists paced the Spurs, who led 55-35 at halftime.

    The Bulls closed within 59-43 early in the third, but Robinson converted a three-point play, and the Spurs ran off nine straight points to extend their lead to 68-43. The Spurs led 76-52 after three periods.

    Rose scored eight quick points in the fourth and the Spurs opened up their biggest lead, 96-60.

    Game notes

    Bulls coach Bill Cartwright is pitching guard Trenton Hassell for the NBA's all-rookie team. Hassell, the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for February, is ninth in scoring (9.6 points) and assists (1.8) among rookies. ... Chandler was hit with a flagrant foul after throwing Duncan to the court in the second quarter. ... Forward Marcus Fizer did not play after spraining his right ankle before the game. ... The Spurs are in the midst of their longest winning streak since winning 10 straight in December. They also won seven straight in November. ... The Spurs gave up 74 points to Denver on Dec. 21.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 73
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 28-70 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 1-9 (.111) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 25-34 (.735) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-48 6-34
    Assists 26 19
    Turnovers 8 17
    Steals 8 6
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 3 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 23 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 22
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Eddy Curry Curry
    Points: 11
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1