Trans. Mar 11 9:34 ET (Mar 11 9:34 ET ) It didn't take long for the San Antonio Spurs to show the Chicago Bulls why they're leading the NBA. Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, and the Spurs beat the Bulls 104-96 Tuesday night for their seventh straight win and 10th in their last 11. San Antonio jumped out to a big advantage early, taking a 38-14 lead after one quarter and going up 61-33 into halftime. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA's best mark away from home.
CHICAGO -- When the Chicago Bulls won at San Antonio on Jan. 29, the Spurs were missing guards Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, forward Kawhi Leonard and center Tiago Splitter due to injuries. The Bulls got a good look at the full-strength Spurs on Tuesday night at the United Center. San Antonio sprinted to a 38-14 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 104-96 victory. Since that home loss to Chicago, San Antonio (47-16) went 14-3 and continues to own the league's best record.
The San Antonio Spurs were on fire, finishing 40-79 (50.6%) from the field, including 12-21 (57.1%) from beyond the arc, to take down the Chicago Bulls, 104-96. San Antonio (47-16) is now on a seven-game winning streak, dating back to a 120-110 win against Detroit Pistons on February 26th. Manu Ginobili came off the bench and scored 22 points on 9-11 shooting, including 4-5 on 3-point attempts, in a solid performance. San Antonio also got solid performances from Tony Parker with 20 points and 9 assists, and Kawhi Leonard with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Manu Ginobili caught fire with 22 points in 22 minutes off the bench vs. Chicago, making 9-of-11 shots including 4-of-5 from downtown.
The Scoop:He chipped in two rebounds and one assist, and continues to be one of the league's most devastatingly efficient players on a per-minute basis. The Spurs have a seven-game win streak which they'll try to extend vs. the Blazers on Wednesday -- Manu played in San Antonio's most recent back-to-back set on Feb. 18/19 so with any luck he'll be in the lineup again vs. Portland.