Bulls vs. Spurs: Video Highlights, Analysis, Twitter Reaction and Grades

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 17: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs moves past Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Spurs 109-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls improved to 29-8 after invading San Antonio and beating the Spurs, 96-89. 

It was a well-played, back-and-forth game, but ultimately, the Bulls had too much in the fourth quarter for the Spurs to handle. 

San Antonio fell to 24-11 after just their second loss in the last 14 games. 


Tweets of the Night

With Tim Duncan lighting it up in the third quarter and rekindling his dominant form of days gone by, ESPN felt compelled to put that in perspective.

Derrick Rose was 9 years old when Tim Duncan was drafted in the @NBA. Tonight, they’ll share the court. #Bulls #Spurs

— ESPN (@espn) March 1, 2012

Bleacher Report's Matt Faulconer, a die-hard Bulls fan, found all the joy he needed after Joakim Noah drilled a 12-foot jump shot.

Does it really matter who wins this #Spurs #Bulls game? I saw all I needed to see when Noah holstered his guns. #21GunSalute

— Matt Faulconer (@MattFaulconer10) March 1, 2012

It's hard to blame him. Noah gives basketball fans the only opportunity they'll ever have to see a player wildly celebrate after drilling a routine jumper. 


Must-See Highlight of the Night

Check out this nice recap from the first half. 


Grades for Key Bulls Players

Derrick Rose: A

Rose had an off night shooting, but he was fantastic in every other way, and he still managed to finish with 29 points. He also had big buckets late in the fourth quarter—just like you'd expect from a defending MVP. 


Carlos Boozer: D

Boozer was ineffective, as he finished with just eight points. His shot was off, he was bad on defense and he was just a waste of space. 


Joakim Noah: A-

Noah was his usual outstanding self on the boards and on defense. He also was efficient from the field, picking up a double-double.


Grades for Key Spurs Players

Tony Parker: C-

Parker started off strong, but completely faded down the stretch. He did a nice job picking up nine assists, but the disappearance of his shot crippled the offense. 


Tim Duncan: A

Duncan took over this game in the third quarter. He couldn't carry that momentum into the fourth quarter, but still had a solid game throughout. 


Richard Jefferson: F

Jefferson got into early foul trouble. He played just five minutes in the first half and never got into the groove. 


Stat of the Night: 67 Percent

That is what the Bulls shot from the field in the fourth quarter. They entered the fourth trailing, but wound up with the "W" due to efficient offensive play. 

Game MVP: Derrick Rose

Rose did it all tonight, and he was huge in the fourth quarter. He is typically the MVP when the Bulls win, and tonight was certainly no different. 


What's Next?

The Bulls get a day off before traveling to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Friday. The Spurs get to rest at home, have a day off and then host the Bobcats on Friday.