Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago

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Chicago Bulls vs. San Antonio Spurs: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago
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The Chicago Bulls traveled south Wednesday night to take on the team with the best record in the NBA—the San Antonio Spurs.

Gregg Popovich’s crew proved to be too much to handle, as Chicago fell 101-83.

The Bulls entered this game as the third-lowest scoring team in the NBA. You knew that their offense might struggle against the Spurs, but their 3-for-15 start was even worse than usual.

The offense was a problem, as nobody could score out of the gate, but it was a solid defensive effort that helped Chicago turn things around early. The Bulls came in allowing the third-fewest points per game, and they ended up outscoring the Spurs 17-7 in the final five-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter.

The second period began, and the contest quickly became a game of runs. Chicago got off to a hot 20-10 start, but it was San Antonio that put together an 11-0 run around the two-minute mark.

The Bulls ended up taking a five-point lead into halftime, and surprisingly enough, it was because of their success in the fast break.

The Bulls haven’t been able to score in transition this season. They certainly struggled with turnovers at times throughout this game, but when they took care of the ball, they found success and scored easy buckets.

Unfortunately, the Bulls weren't able to do that in the third period, and that’s when San Antonio began to pull away.

After being outscored by nine in the third, Chicago needed to play efficiently on both sides of the ball. That would never happen, and the game of runs quickly turned into domination by the Spurs. 

Chicago scored just 31 points in the second half and went on to shoot just 36.7 percent on the night. That kind of showing will rarely get the job done, but allowing 54.1-percent shooting to the home team is what did them in on Wednesday night.

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