The Chicago Bulls, returning home after a pair of road games out west, took on the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center hoping to build on their win over the Utah Jazz. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and the Bulls won the rebounding battle in extreme fashion, but couldn’t get the win, falling 103-89.
The Spurs are well-known for competing even without their better players, but this was a game the Bulls should have won. As is their way, Chicago failed muster at home. The Bulls have the best road record in the East at 15-9, but they’re just 15-12 at home and they showed it tonight.
Richard Hamilton had one of his best games of the year, scoring 16 points on 8/11 shooting. Nate Robinson had 20 points and 7 assists, while Joakim Noah had 15 rebounds, even as he continues to play on an obviously-injured foot. The Bulls beat the ever-loving crap out of the Spurs on the glass, finishing +23 (49-26) for the night, but couldn’t stop Kawhi Leonard and company.
Leonard led the Spurs with 26, Danny Green chipped in 18 and Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal added 16 apiece.