Bulls 99, Spurs 87


CHICAGO (AP) – Kirk Hinrich had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Gordon added 20 points to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls past the San Antonio Spurs 99-87 Monday afternoon.

Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Manu Ginobili scored 22 for San Antonio.

The Bulls played without Chris Duhon and Ben Wallace. Duhon was suspended for one game for missing practice on Sunday and Wallace missed his second straight game because of a sore back.

Trailing 27-23 early in the second quarter, Chicago went on a 17-5 run to take the lead for good. Thabo Sefolosha started it with a jumper and Gordon followed with a 3.

Gordon gave the Bulls a 42-32 lead with consecutive jumpers and Chicago led 52-45 at the half.

Gordon, making his eighth start of the season, started in place of Duhon and scored 11 points in the second quarter. Rookie Tyrus Thomas also got a rare start in place of Wallace and finished the game with eight points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

Luol Deng scored 17 for Chicago.

Reserve Andres Nocioni gave the Bulls a 74-64 lead with a half hook with 15.7 seconds left in the third quarter. The Bulls extended its lead with consecutive 3s from Nocioni and Sefolosha to give them a 83-69 early in the fourth quarter.

Nocioni finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Spurs star Tony Parker was held to six points and two assists. San Antonio shot 39.5 percent as a team.

Notes: Wallace is listed as day-to-day. … Robert Horry had a highlight dunk over Nocioni late in the third quarter. … Hinrich finished with seven assists.

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