The San Antonio Spurs moved to 31-0 at 55-10 overall this season on Thursday night with a 109-101 home victory over the 32-31 Chicago Bulls. Kawhi Leonard finished with 29 points and eight rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Tony Parker had a nice line of 20 points and 12 assists.
Although the Bulls were without their best player, Jimmy Butler, they fought hard and remained within striking distance throughout the contest. E'Twaun Moore started at shooting guard in Butler's place and scored 20 points, bagging four of his five three-point attempts. Derrick Rose had a solid game of 21 points and six assists and Pau Gasol dropped in 21 points to go with 12 rebounds.
When crunch time arrived, though, the Spurs' top group was too much for Chicago. San Antonio turned a 90-87 lead into a 104-92 cushion in approximately four minutes behind the magnificent performances from Leonard, Aldridge and Parker.
With the loss, the Bulls lost their eighth spot in the Eastern Conference to the Detroit Pistons. They'll be back in action Friday night against the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, San Antonio maintained its stranglehold on the West's No. 2 seed and now host the Oklahoma City Thunder in a marquee matchup Saturday night.