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Aldridge has 28 points and 10 rebounds, Spurs beat Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs aren't sure when Kawhi Leonard's season will start.

Fortunately for them, there's another All-Star forward on the roster to carry the load.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs to an 87-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls in the Bulls' home opener.

It was his second straight double-double after signing a three-year contract extension a day before the season began.

''I've been in a different mindset since the summer started,'' Aldridge said. ''That carried over to training camp to preseason to now. I don't think I've changed after the contract. My mindset coming into the season was to try to be more dominant.''

Rudy Gay added 12 points for the Spurs, who have not provided a timetable for Leonard's return from a right quadriceps injury, though Popovich said it will be ''weeks rather than months.''

In the meantime, they'll ride Aldridge, who scored 12 points in a 22-13 run that gave the Spurs a 63-51 third-quarter lead.

''They moved the ball better than we did,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''I thought they shared it. They got more open shots than we did. I thought they did a great job.

''L.A. was just a difference maker for us, the way he scored. The defense in the second half and L.A.'s offense was what got us over. I thought they actually executed better than we did.''

Robin Lopez had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bills, also short-handed without power forwards Niko Mirotic (facial fractures, concussion) and Bobby Portis (suspension).

Rookie Lauri Markkanen, thrust into the starting lineup because of an incident in practice Tuesday that ultimately sidelined both Mirotic and Portis, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Rookie guard Brandon Paul, who grew up in nearby Gurnee, appeared in his first NBA game, logging six seconds of action in the second quarter. The 26-year-old Paul, a former University of Illinois standout, was Mr. Basketball of Illinois as a senior at Warren Township High School in 2009. ... The Spurs shot just 40.9 percent from the field but held the Bulls to 37.8 percent.

Bulls: Lopez made the first 3-pointer of his career in the third quarter. ... Justin Holliday scored 15 points, but shot 5 of 18 from the field. ... Denzel Valentine played after missing Friday's practice with knee soreness. He scored four points in 26 minutes.

PORTIS APOLOGY

Suspended Bulls forward Portis offered an apology to injured teammate Mirotic prior to the game in his first public comments since punching Mirotic in practice Tuesday and sidelining him for 4-6 weeks with two fractured bones in his face and a concussion.

''I want to publicly apologize to Niko,'' Portis said. ''I feel like I let my fans, the Bulls organization and most importantly my teammates down. This is not who Bobby Portis is.''

Portis was suspended eight games. He said he has reached out to Mirotic but has not received a response.

HIGH PRAISE

Popovich was impressed with Markkanen. ''He's a wonderful player,'' Popovich said. ''He's aggressive. He's smart. Obviously he can shoot the basketball. He's just going to get better and better as he figures things out.''

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host Toronto on Monday night.

Bulls: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 F
R. Lopez
42 C
31.0 Min. Per Game 31.0
18.0 Pts. Per Game 18.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
46.7 Field Goal % 51.9
25.0 Three Point % 25.0
90.9 Free Throw % 83.3
  Team rebound 0:05
  Robin Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
  Defensive rebound by Lauri Markkanen 0:14
  Joffrey Lauvergne missed jump shot 0:17
+ 3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David Nwaba 0:38
  Defensive rebound by David Nwaba 0:43
  Joffrey Lauvergne missed layup 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Joffrey Lauvergne 0:46
  Justin Holiday missed driving layup, blocked by Manu Ginobili 0:49
  Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday 0:56
  Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:00
Team Stats
Points 87 77
Field Goals 38-93 (40.9%) 31-82 (37.8%)
3-Pointers 1-12 (8.3%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 7-9 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 63 51
Offensive 14 8
Defensive 38 40
Team 11 3
Assists 25 18
Steals 8 3
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 11 19
Fouls 14 15
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
16 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Spurs 2-0 1922242287
home team logo Bulls 0-2 2117172277
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 2-0 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Bulls 0-2 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge F 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
R. Lopez C 11.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.9 APG 53.0 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge F 28 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
R. Lopez C 16 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
40.9 FG% 37.8
8.3 3PT FG% 28.6
62.5 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 32 28 10 3 1 2 1 2 12/24 0/2 4/4 5 5 46 +13
P. Gasol 19 10 7 4 0 0 3 0 3/8 0/1 4/5 2 5 22 +3
D. Green 28 9 3 3 1 0 0 1 4/9 1/2 0/0 0 3 19 +10
D. Murray 26 8 10 6 2 0 1 0 4/10 0/1 0/0 3 7 31 +15
K. Anderson 31 4 8 1 0 0 2 0 2/7 0/0 0/0 2 6 12 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 32 28 10 3 1 2 1 2 12/24 0/2 4/4 5 5 46 +13
P. Gasol 19 10 7 4 0 0 3 0 3/8 0/1 4/5 2 5 22 +3
D. Green 28 9 3 3 1 0 0 1 4/9 1/2 0/0 0 3 19 +10
D. Murray 26 8 10 6 2 0 1 0 4/10 0/1 0/0 3 7 31 +15
K. Anderson 31 4 8 1 0 0 2 0 2/7 0/0 0/0 2 6 12 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gay 22 12 3 1 2 0 1 2 6/13 0/2 0/3 1 2 18 +18
M. Ginobili 22 5 1 3 2 1 0 3 2/7 0/3 1/2 0 1 15 +3
J. Lauvergne 17 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 2/6 0/0 1/2 0 6 13 -3
B. Forbes 16 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/7 0/1 0/0 1 1 6 -1
P. Mills 21 2 2 3 0 0 3 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 -5
B. Paul 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bertans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 87 52 25 8 3 11 14 38/93 1/12 10/16 14 38 189 +50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Lopez 29 16 7 3 0 3 4 1 7/12 1/3 1/2 3 4 28 -3
J. Holiday 36 15 4 3 1 0 2 1 5/18 3/8 2/2 1 3 24 -5
J. Grant 33 13 4 5 0 1 4 2 6/14 0/3 1/1 0 4 24 -2
L. Markkanen 37 13 12 0 1 0 3 3 5/14 3/8 0/1 0 12 23 -5
P. Zipser 25 3 4 1 1 0 1 2 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 4 9 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Lopez 29 16 7 3 0 3 4 1 7/12 1/3 1/2 3 4 28 -3
J. Holiday 36 15 4 3 1 0 2 1 5/18 3/8 2/2 1 3 24 -5
J. Grant 33 13 4 5 0 1 4 2 6/14 0/3 1/1 0 4 24 -2
L. Markkanen 37 13 12 0 1 0 3 3 5/14 3/8 0/1 0 12 23 -5
P. Zipser 25 3 4 1 1 0 1 2 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 4 9 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Felder 14 6 1 2 0 0 3 1 3/7 0/0 0/0 0 1 8 -8
D. Nwaba 18 5 5 2 0 1 1 1 1/2 0/1 3/3 0 5 14 -2
D. Valentine 26 4 5 0 0 0 1 0 2/7 0/3 0/0 0 5 8 -5
C. Felicio 18 2 6 2 0 0 0 4 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 2 12 -7
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 77 48 18 3 5 19 15 31/82 8/28 7/9 8 40 150 -50