After routing their previous two opponents on the road, the San Antonio Spurs (46-10) failed to finish their rodeo trip on a high note.
Derrick Rose attacked the Spurs’ defense time and again to help the Chicago Bulls beat the league leading Spurs 109-99.
Here are some of the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ loss.
85 – The Bulls made their free throws, hitting 17-20 (85%) shots from the foul line. The Spurs were not as good, making just 14-21 (66.7%) of their free throw attempts.
44 – The Bulls won the inside battle, outscoring the Spurs 44-38 on inside points.
42 – Derrick Rose torched the Spurs with a career-high 42 points and added eight assists and five rebounds.
41 – Chicago controlled the boards in a big way, out-rebounding the Spurs 41-29.
26 – Tony Parker led the Spurs with 26 points and four dimes.
24 – The Bulls shared the ball better, dishing out 24 assists compared to San Antonio’s 16.
19 – Luol Deng added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Chicago.
Hit the jump for more stats and find out what’s next for the Spurs!
16 – Manu Ginobili had 16 points for San Antonio but only made 6-of-18 from the field. Gary Neal scored 16 points off the bench, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
15 – Carlos Boozer chipped in 15 points and six boards for the Bulls. The Spurs outscored the Bulls 15-6 on fast break points.
14 – Tim Duncan had 14 points, nine boards, three assists and one block in 33 minutes of action.
0 – Richard Jefferson and Matt Bonner did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Neal scored 16 points and grabbed two rebounds in 22 minutes. Tiago Splitter missed his fourth straight game because of a left hamstring injury.
What’s Next? Catch the Spurs at the All Star Weekend as coach Gregg Popovich call the shots for the All Star West with Duncan and Ginobili on the lineup. Also, don’t miss the T-Mobile Rookie-Sophomore challenge with Neal playing for the rookie team and DeJuan Blair playing on the sophomore squad.
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