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.
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.
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.
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