For three quarters, the San Antonio Spurs(23-20) were in complete control and led by as much as 36 points against the Chicago Bulls(19-25) on Saturday night. However, the Bulls made a furious run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to nine with just over five minutes left, but San Antonio went on a 7-0 run to push the lead to 16, and they would go on and win 120-104 at AT&T Center.
With the win, San Antonio snaps a four-game losing streak.
The Spurs had seven players in double figures led by Jakob Poeltl’s 20 points. DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and seven assists, and Patty Mills and Derrick White had 16 points apiece. Newly-acquired Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 21 points and nine rebounds.
San Antonio led by as much as 31 points in the first half and had a 65-39 lead at the break. The Spurs carried a 23-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Dejounte Murray, who had 14 points and eight assists on Saturday night, felt the Spurs got a little lax in the fourth quarter. The Bulls went on a 21-6 run to make things interesting.
“I think they kind of punched us,” Murray said. “I think that we kind got a little comfortable, and they punched us, but we kept it under control and we won the game.”
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was happy with the shot-making and San Antonio’s ability to share the ball(29 assists in the game).
“You make shots; everything looks a lot better,” Popovich said. “Overall, we shared it pretty well. DeMar(DeRozan), Derrick(White), Dejounte(Murray) had 22 assists between the three of them and only four turnovers, so that was a big part of getting open shots.”
Poeltl added: “Everybody did their part. We were sharing the ball, and I think that’s the best way to play ball, and it’s a lot of fun.”
Popovich hit another milestone on Saturday night as he won his 1300th game as a head coach. He’s the third coach in NBA history to do it. If the 72-year-old Popovich continues coaching, he will probably surpass Don Nelson(1335), who is the all-time leader in wins.
San Antonio continues their nine-game homestand when they host the Kings for a two-game set starting on Monday night. Hopefully, for San Antonio, they will have Devin Vassell, who left the game in second quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return.