The Chicago Bulls kicked off a six-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, and they outlasted their short-handed hosts for the 96-86 win.
Tony Parker led all scorers with 20 points in the losing effort. Tim Duncan turned in 17 points and 12 boards.
Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 19 points and three steals to go with two blocks. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah each tallied a double-double with Noah adding eight assists and four blocks.
After a poor first quarter, the Spurs (33-13) led by as many as eight points in the second, but the Bulls (23-22) stormed back to finish the half on a 12-0 run for the 40-36 lead. Chicago found more consistent output on offense in the second half as seven players finished in double figures.
San Antonio coughed up 19 turnovers to just eight for the Bulls and got out-rebounded 39-31 and 14-6 on the offensive boards.
The Spurs were already without Kawhi Leonard (hand), Danny Green (finger) and Tiago Splitter (shoulder), and they learned on Wednesday that Manu Ginobili will miss three to four weeks with a hamstring strain, per Jeff Bartl of NBA.com.
The Bulls continue their sojourn at the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 1. The Spurs host the Sacramento Kings that same evening.
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