The San Antonio Spurs were on fire, finishing 40-79 (50.6%) from the field, including 12-21 (57.1%) from beyond the arc, to take down the Chicago Bulls, 104-96. San Antonio (47-16) is now on a seven-game winning streak, dating back to a 120-110 win against Detroit Pistons on February 26th.
Manu Ginobili came off the bench and scored 22 points on 9-11 shooting, including 4-5 on 3-point attempts, in a solid performance. San Antonio also got solid performances from Tony Parker with 20 points and 9 assists, and Kawhi Leonard with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the loss, D.J. Augustin put up 24 points off the bench for Chicago on 7-10 shooting (2-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-9 from the free throw line. Joakim Noah contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds.
In a battle of strength against strength, the offense of San Antonio was able to have success against a defense for Chicago that is second-best in the league in forcing misses (47.4% opponents' eFG%), finishing with an eFG% of 58.2%. The Spurs combined an eFG% of 58.2% with 57.1% 3-point shooting. They are 21-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Bulls, on the other hand, are winless (0-6) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Chicago (35-29) to 1-1 versus San Antonio on the season.
Coming up next, the Spurs play the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 42-22 on the year. The Bulls match up with the Houston Rockets, currently 44-20 this season. The Spurs came away with a loss in two of their last three games against Portland. The Bulls are 0-1 versus Houston this season.