Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/28

Game 1: Saturday, December 28th
Game 2: Sunday, March 16th

Spurs 109

(19-11, 6-8 away)

Bulls 95

(10-20, 9-6 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:30 PM ET, December 28, 2002

    United Center, Chicago, IL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 34 22 26 27109
    CHI 20 26 18 3195

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Parker 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast

    Chi: J. Rose 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Parker's 32 points, 10 assists come before entire family

    CHICAGO (AP) -- After his mother flew all the way from France to see him play, Tony Parker wasn't about to waste her trip.

    Tony Parker

    Parker put on quite a show for his family and friends Saturday night, matching his career high of 32 points and notching his second double-double of the season as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 109-95.

    "It was just great to play good in Chicago because I've got all my family here,'' said Parker, who also had 10 assists and stopped a late Bulls rally with five free throws in the last minute.

    Tim Duncan had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who won for the seventh time in their last nine games. Stephen Jackson added 16, going 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

    David Robinson, who got a loud standing ovation before his last game in Chicago, had eight points and seven rebounds.

    "Tony led the way for us,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Offensively, he was very aggressive and everybody reacted well to him.''

    Jay Williams scored 15 of his 23 points from 3-point range, but it wasn't enough for the Bulls, who dropped their third straight and fourth in five games. Jalen Rose led Chicago with 24, and Marcus Fizer had 12 rebounds and 11 points.

    "Tony Parker was killing me,'' Williams said. "It was my job to stop him and I didn't. It was frustrating.''

    But Parker had some added motivation. His father, Tony Sr., is from Chicago and played at Loyola before going overseas. Though Parker grew up in Europe, he would spend summers in Chicago and went to Bulls games when he was in town.

    His father and two brothers live in Chicago now _ brother T.J. plays for Northwestern -- so the family had a reunion of sorts at the United Center. His mother was there from France -- it's the first time this season she's seen Parker play -- and his grandparents were at the game, too.

    And Parker didn't disappoint. He made his first eight shots, and finished 10-of-15. He was 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and 10-of-14 at the free-throw line, including some clutch shots at the end of the game.

    After leading by as much as 23 late in the third, San Antonio saw its lead dwindle to 100-92 on a 3-pointer by Williams with 55 seconds to play. But the Bulls fouled Parker three times in the next 12 seconds, and he made all but one of the six shots to seal the victory.

    "It was a good win for us to bounce back after the Hawks game,'' Parker said, referring to San Antonio's loss in Atlanta on Friday night. "I just liked the way we responded. We played good defense and controlled the boards.''

    The Spurs shot pretty well, too. Leading by eight with 11:09 left in the third, Jackson hit a pair of back-to-back 3s to spark a 15-0 run and break the game open.

    The Spurs missed only one shot during the spurt, and made four 3s. They finished the game with a season-high 11 3-pointers.

    "After that tough one last night, I felt we played a little more of a complete game,'' Duncan said. "We pushed it a lot harder.''

    Rose finally interrupted the run with a 15-footer, Chicago's first basket in more than five minutes. But the Bulls couldn't hold onto the ball long enough to make a run, turning it over on three of their next four possessions.

    "It's the third quarter,'' Fizer said. "We dig ourselves a hole and a great team like that is not going to let you out of it.''

    Game notes

    Former Bulls guard Steve Kerr got a loud ovation when he came in at the end of the first quarter. Kerr is leaning toward retiring, which means this could have been his last game in Chicago. "It does bring back a lot of great memories,'' Kerr said. The best one? His game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals that gave the Bulls their fifth championship. "That shot will always be No. 1 because it's the shot everyone dreams of,'' he said. ... Former Bulls coach Tim Floyd almost had a home in San Antonio. Popovich said he offered Floyd an assistant's job, and Floyd even went to San Antonio to talk with him about it before deciding the timing wasn't right. "He's a fantastic coach,'' Popovich said. "I watched his teams here. Even though wins didn't come at a ferocious rate, his teams always played hard.''

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 109 95
    FGM-FGA 35-70 (.500) 38-83 (.458)
    3PM-3PA 11-16 (.688) 5-9 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 28-42 (.667) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 12-38
    Assists 20 20
    Turnovers 13 12
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 26 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 24
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1