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Spurs 101, Bulls 83

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SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili had 18 points and nine assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 101-83 win over the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.

Ginobili, facilitating the point guard position with Tony Parker out at least a month with an injured ankle, was 7 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line.

He led a fourth-quarter spurt that had the Spurs up double digits the whole period. By the time Nando de Colo hit the last bucket, a 17-footer, it gave the Spurs their largest lead at 18 points.

San Antonio outscored the Bulls 54-31 after halftime.

The Spurs had four other players in double figures, including Kawhi Leonard with 14 and Patty Mills with 13.

Tim Duncan dropped 18 points with 10 rebounds, while Tiago Splitter added 13 and 10 as San Antonio improved to 48-14. The Spurs are 25-3 at home.

The Spurs shot 54 percent (40-for-74) from the field and 57 percent (8-for-14) from the 3-point line.

Chicago had the game tied at 68 with a minute and a half left in the third quarter, but went five minutes before scoring its next bucket.

The Bulls were 6 of 20 in the fourth quarter and turned the ball over three times.

The Bulls were led by Marco Belinelli with 21 points, while Luol Deng had 19, Marquis Teague 11 and Carlos Boozer 10. Joakim Noah added 13 rebounds as the Bulls dropped to 34-27.

It was San Antonio that was turnover prone in the first half, committing 10 turnovers that led to 15 Chicago points. The Spurs only committed three turnovers in the second half.

San Antonio, down by 14 points late in the second quarter, cut the deficit to three, but a Belinelli layup with 36 seconds left gave the Bulls a 52-47 halftime lead.

Belinelli led Chicago with 14 first-half points.

NOTES: Speculation mounts on the return Derrick Rose to the Chicago Bulls lineup. Rose, who torn his left ACL in Game 1 playoff win against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 29, 2012, has been upgraded to day-to-day but did not play Wednesday. ... Rose is joined on the injury report with guard Kirk Hinrich (right foot) and Taj Gibson (sprained left MCL). Richard Hamilton (back) did not travel with the team. ... Spurs guard Parker, who suffered a grade 2 left ankle sprain last Friday, will be sidelined for a month. The Spurs are 4-1 with Parker not in the lineup. ... The Spurs defeated the Bulls 103-89 three weeks ago without Parker, Duncan or Ginobili playing. ... Wednesday's matchup was one of 15 NBA Noche Latina (Latin Night) games honoring the Hispanic culture. San Antonio wore Los Spurs jerseys, while Chicago donned Los Bulls as part of the Hispanic-themed events for the game.

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