San Antonio's DeMar DeRozan missed the second
of two free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining and missed a
put-back try at the buzzer as the Spurs lost their third
Chicago relied on seven double-figure scorers to earn successive
wins for the first time since Dec. 18-21. LaVine scored 14
points in the final 12 minutes to help the Bulls erase an
DeRozan scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Patty
Mills added 25 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio
was playing without forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who was sidelined
because of a sprained right thumb.
The Bulls prevailed in a wild finish. DeRozan hit a jumper over
Kris Dunn with 8.6 seconds left to tie the score at 108, but
LaVine drew a foul against Jakob Poeltl on Chicago's next
possession and sank both free throws.
Dunn fouled DeRozan when the Spurs got the ball back, but
DeRozan hit only 1 of 2 foul shots. The Spurs were just 23 for
34 (67.6 percent) from the line for the game.
Poeltl notched 16 points and 13 rebounds while Trey Lyles
chipped in 10 points for San Antonio.
Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky added 13 points apiece for
the Bulls. Luke Kornet (12 points), Coby White (11) and Dunn
(10) rounded out a balanced attack.
Valentine, who has spent much of the season in coach Jim
Boylen's doghouse -- and therefore out of Chicago's regular
rotation -- contributed four rebounds and three assists while
shooting 6 of 10 from the field and tying his season high for
scoring. Young and Kornet both grabbed nine rebounds.
San Antonio yielded six points in the final 41.9 seconds of the
second quarter as Chicago took a 50-48 lead into halftime.
Satoransky capped the Bulls' spurt with a steal and layup at the
The Spurs led by as many as 11 points in the first half while
limiting LaVine to four points on 1-for-8 shooting. Mills led
all scorers with 12 points at the break.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before the game
that Aldridge did not travel with the team, remaining in San
Antonio after sustaining the thumb injury Sunday during the
team's 110-106 loss to the Raptors. Aldridge contributed 10
points and 10 rebounds against Toronto for his team-high 12th
Monday marked the third game Aldridge has missed this season. He
was sidelined due to right thigh soreness in early December.
The teams are set to conclude the season series March 20 in San
--Field Level Media
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