Bulls use late run to get by Spurs in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs often go through
offensive droughts, and when that happens, they count on their
defense to save them.

But with Friday night's game against Chicago on the line, the
Spurs folded at both ends of the floor and lost 106-99 to the
quicker Bulls.

Chris Duhon scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for
Chicago, and the Bulls shut down San Antonio in the final minutes
to end a nine-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Duhon made four 3-pointers, but said his priority was defending
San Antonio point guard Tony Parker, who had 22 points and nine
assists in the Spurs' 104-95 overtime win in Chicago earlier this

"He was getting in way too deep on us to where he had a lot of
options -- either he could score or ... he could kick it out to
their shooters," Duhon recalled from the Nov. 7 loss. "Tonight we
just tried to pick him up early, collapse (into the paint) and make
him get rid of the ball quicker."

Parker finished with 13 points and six assists.

The Spurs' Tim Duncan tied the game at 85 on a hook shot with
8:13 remaining, but after that San Antonio made only four more
baskets on 13 shots.

Chicago, meanwhile, went 9-for-14 down the stretch to beat the
Spurs for the first time since December 2000.

"I'm not concerned about the offense -- it's the defense," San
Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "(The Bulls) executed very
well. They were aggressive going to the boards and aggressive on

Duhon started the final charge with a 17-footer and a 3-pointer
on consecutive possessions to make it 90-85, and he capped the
scoring with a pair of free throws with 9.5 seconds left.

The Bulls had lost nine straight to the Spurs and had not won in
San Antonio since 1998.

Ben Gordon led Chicago with 19 points and Luol Deng added 17.
Andres Nocioni had 13 points and Tyson Chandler, who defended
Duncan effectively late in the game, had 12 rebounds.

Gordon said the game's outcome will serve to motivate the Bulls,
who evened their record at 5-5.

"It lets you know that when you go out there and play hard and
play the way you're supposed to, you can beat a Spurs or a Pistons
or teams like that," he said.

Duncan finished with 24 points, 12 in the fourth, and 11
rebounds. Manu Ginobili added 16 points and Nick Van Exel had a
season-high 15, all but two coming in the second period. Michael
Finley scored 12 points for the Spurs, who lost at home for the
first time this season.

Chicago got good results using a quick three-guard lineup after
big men Chandler, Othella Harrington and Michael Sweetney got into
foul trouble.

"Phoenix did that against us last week, so it isn't an excuse
for us," Ginobili said. "We are getting used to that style of

A 3-pointer by Ginobili in the opening minutes gave San Antonio
a 12-5 lead, but the Spurs missed 10 of their next 11 attempts.

Chicago tied it at 15 late in the first when Gordon found
Harrington for a dunk, then Gordon made a 17-footer to give the
Bulls their first lead.

The Bulls' advantage grew to 27-19 on a short jumper by
Chandler, but Van Exel hit three straight 3-pointers and Finley
made a jumper to cut Chicago's lead to 34-32 with about five
minutes left in the second period.

A layup by Darius Songaila restored the Bulls' lead to seven
points in the final minute of the half, but Duncan made a pair of
free throws and Finley connected on a corner 3-pointer to make it
45-43 at the break. Van Exel scored 13 points in the second on
5-for-7 shooting.

Game notes
The teams combined for 46 3-point attempts, 28 of them by
the Spurs, and they made 19. ... The teams together had 46 assists,
25 of them by Chicago. ... The Spurs' home court is still the SBC
Center, even though SBC this week changed its name to AT&T Inc. The
building's name will eventually change, with AT&T Center and AT&T
Arena among the possibilities.