Spurs drop first road game

Bulls take care of home court/end Road Win Streak

The San Antonio Spurs (18-5, 2nd Western Conference) fell one game short of tying an All Time NBA record last night after falling to the Chicago Bulls (12-10, 7th Eastern Conference) 95-91 at the United Center.  The Bulls were led by Dwayne Wade’s 20 points but they had five players in double figures and another three players within a basket of double figures.  The Spurs were again led by Kawhi Leonard’s 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

”Streaks are a good sign when they’re positive and they’re a bad sign when they’re negative, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t give you anything else,” Former Bulls center  Pau Gasol said.

For Head Coach Gregg Popovich, the loss was coming sooner rather than later because of sloppy first half play in a number of games leading up to the Bulls match last night.

”Our opponents have outplayed us physically and execute-wise in most first halves for most of the season, and somehow we pull it together in the second half and play harder and smarter than we did in the first half,” Popovich said. ”We got it to four, then some execution mistakes. That’s the disappointing part, that we’re not a very consistent team and we haven’t learned as a group the game is 48 minutes.”

At Home this weekend

The Spurs will regroup and take on the Brooklyn Nets (6-15, 14th Eastern Conference) at home tomorrow evening. The Nets are coming off a rare win over the Denver Nuggets (8-15, 11th Western Conference).

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs tomorrow!

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Duncan pulls down 18 boards against Hawks

The ageless Tim Duncan strikes again after posting his fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 18 rebounds in 28 minutes and in doing so became only the fourth player in NBA history 39 or older to record 18 rebounds joining  Dikembe Mutumbo, Karl Malone and Robert Parish.

“He does it all,” Green said. “He doesn’t get old. He doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t get out of shape. I don’t think there’s anything that Tim can’t do.”

“He’s been doing it for so long, we take him for granted,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I just told those guys they played well, and I didn’t even know he got 18 [rebounds]. I’ll have to go back in there and tell him again how good he was.”

But Boris Diaw had other reasons for Duncan’s successes.

“He got lucky,” joked Boris Diaw. “I was boxing out for him most of the time. It’s good. Obviously, he didn’t play yesterday [a 91-80 win in Denver]. So he was rested. But great energy. That’s something he can do: go into a game and get 20 [points and] 20 [rebounds]. He still can do that any given night; probably not every night.”

The Spurs get back to it as they visit the Derrick Rose led Chicago Bulls tonight.  The Bulls have been in a bit of a struggle this season with Rose coming back from two serious back to back injuries has been having a hard time getting back into form.  They will be without Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler may be hampered some with injuries but is expected to play.

All in all, the Spurs and Bulls are two of the top teams in the league and usually enjoy playing against each other.

“I do enjoy playing against one of the best teams, I think, in the history of the game,” Center Pau Gasol said after Sunday’s practice. “They’ve (Spurs) been incredible for the last 15, 16, 17 years now since they won that first championship. So really impressive what they’ve done. I think everybody is trying to follow up on what they’ve accomplished. And building that culture, longevity. So yeah, I still do get very much motivated against a team that’s always at the top of the league.”

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs to victory!

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