Bulls-Spurs: Duncan Dominates Bulls in San Antonio

Scott GlissonCorrespondent INovember 26, 2008

The Bulls dropped another game on the road Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

The game was very even for the first two quarters of play.  The Bulls found themselves trailing by only one at the end of each quarter.

Chicago was posting up, they were playing defense, and they were driving the ball to the basket.  Both teams were shooting well and Chicago had a good three-point percentage going as well.

The Bulls came out of halftime strong and found themselves up 65-58 with 5:48 left in the third.

Ben Gordon gave the Bulls a 67-60 lead with 5:36 left and that was the last basket Gordon would make all night.

He was hot tonight.  Hot that is until the Bulls stopped passing him the ball and giving him the opportunity to shoot.

Gordon did not even take another shot until the 9:28 mark of the fourth quarter.

At the end of third quarter, the Bulls found themselves down by five, 76-71.

To start the fourth quarter, the Bulls were outscored 9-2, and that lopsided score continue to climb as the clock ticked away to the final buzzer.

The Bulls made a run at the end of the fourth like they usually do, but could not find a way to catch the Spurs.  They ended the fourth quarter only being outscored by five, but the final score is the one that matters and tonight it did not go in Chicago’s favor.

It seemed as though Chicago got frustrated and panicked in the fourth and went away from their game plan.  They went away from the basket and started taking jump shots instead of competing under the hoop.

Every drive seemed to start with running the ball down the court and throwing it to the basket without time to set up the offense.

Gordon ended the game as the Bulls' high scorer with 23, but all of those were in the first three quarters.

Gooden added another solid performance for Chicago, scoring 20 points and pulling down 12 total rebounds. He is shaping up to be one of the most consistent players on the team.  His hard work and big presence is definitely a needed asset on the Bulls this season.

Rose was off his game tonight, scoring only 10 points.

Luol Deng saw over 25 minutes of playing time tonight and contributed 10 points and three rebounds.  The Bulls need more consistent play out of Deng as the season progresses if he wants more playing time.

For the Spurs, Tim Duncan dominated the inside lane and made layups and dunks look easy.  With the Bulls' weak defense under the basket, Duncan was able to drive and score almost every time he was given the opportunity.  He was the Spurs leading scorer tonight with 21 points.

Ginobli was back tonight, much to the dismay of the Bulls.  He only played 18 minutes, but was able to score almost a point a minute, finishing the game with 15 points, three rebounds, and four assists.

George Hill also had a solid game for the Spurs tonight.  He had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.

Notable injuries:
Chicago: Kirk Hinrich
San Antonio: Tony Parker

The Bulls have one more game on the Circus Road Trip, and then it is back to the United Center.