Parker leads Spurs over Bulls 116-105

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had a season-high 32 points in leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight victory, 116-105 over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, Patty Mills had 15 points and Manu Ginobili 14 for the Spurs.

Pau Gasol had 23 points and Aaron Brooks added 22 to lead Chicago (39-25).

San Antonio (39-23) tied Dallas for sixth in the Western Conference. The Mavericks play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Tim Duncan was 0-for-8 shooting while scoring just three points, but his struggles were lessened by balanced scoring fueled by a strong defensive effort.

Chicago had 22 turnovers, which resulted in 32 points for San Antonio.

Parker stole a soft pass from Nazr Mohammed to E’Twaun Moore near midcourt and sprinted downcourt for an uncontested layup.

Leonard later raced downcourt for a one-handed dunk on Moore and Joakim Noah after stripping Dunleavy as he drove the lane for a 91-77 lead with 11 minutes remaining.

Kirk Hinrich’s 3-pointer pulled Chicago to 93-85, but San Antonio then made three straight 3-pointers midway through the final quarter to pull away.

Already without All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, Chicago was missing Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.


Bulls: Gasol, who leads the NBA in double-doubles, recorded his 42nd early in the second half Sunday. … Mirotic was averaging 22 points in his previous four games and had 19 on 5-for-10 shooting against the Spurs. … Butler (left elbow sprain) and Gibson (left ankle) both sat out.

Spurs: Parker is averaging 25 points and four assists during the team’s current homestand. … San Antonio is halfway through a six-game homestand after returning from a nearly month long Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs will host Toronto, Cleveland and Minnesota before embarking on a two-game road trip. … San Antonio wore its “Los Spurs” jerseys to commemorate its Latin Nights promotion.


Bulls: host Memphis on Monday.

Spurs: host Toronto on Tuesday.

This article was written by RAUL DOMINGUEZ JR. from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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