Tim Duncan leads the San Antonio Spurs to a 101-83 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Spurs came into the game with the best record in the NBA, at 47-14.
The Western Conference leaders have been stellar all year as they went on the beat the Bulls in dominating fashion. The Chicago Bulls have been without star point guard Derrick Rose all year, but have managed to hold onto the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Tiago Splitter finished with a double-double as well. Splitter ended with 13 points and 10 rebounds on five for eight shooting.
Tony Parker has not played in a game since injuring his left ankle against the Sacramento Kings on March 1. Manu Ginobli lead the team with nine assists in Parker’s absence, as the Spurs now hold a three game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder for first in the Western Conference.
Marco Belinelli had 21 points and seven assists for the Bulls, while Luol Deng finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Deng leads the team with 16.4 points a game and has been the go-to-guy with Derrick Rose still out. Joakim Noah leads the team at 11.4 rebounds a game, and added 13 in the loss to the Spurs.
The Bulls took a five point lead into the half Wednesday night, but couldn’t hold on as the Spurs gained momentum early in the third and never looked back. The Spurs outscored the Bulls 54-31 in the second half.
The Chicago Bulls have now lost two straight games and face the Utah Jazz Friday. The Spurs have won three straight, two of which came without Tony Parker, and take on the Portland Trailblazers Friday.
The real match up comes Monday, when the Spurs take on the Thunder in a battle for first place in the West. Kevin Durant and company have been on fire of late, coming off a huge 122-105 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.
Tim Duncan has been one of the best and most consistent big men in the NBA since joining the league in 1997. Averaging 9.7 rebounds a game this year, Tim Duncan leads the Spurs both on the floor and in the locker room. Duncan has always been known as the quiet type, but his play has spoke for itself as his team continues winning games.