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Gasol's 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls, 133-94

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs normally rely on their depth to get through the rigors of a lengthy regular season, but their leaning on their reserves earlier than usual after multiple injuries.

No more so than Saturday night, when San Antonio was without a third of its roster.

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the short-handed Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 133-94, setting a season-high in points despite missing six players.

''I just loved it, I liked it a lot,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said playfully when asked about his young talent. ''We had a lot of guys that played well tonight. Real big different overall attitude as far as aggressiveness and moving the basketball and communicating and not taking anything for granted like we did the game before.''

Dejounte Murray added 17 points and fellow second-year player Davis Bertans had 16 points in 18 minutes for San Antonio.

Chicago lost rookie forward Lauri Markkanen to a sprained left ankle late in the first half. The severity of the injury is unknown, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.

The Spurs were without three starters and two key reserves. In addition to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who have yet to play this season due to quadriceps injuries, San Antonio was also without Danny Green. Manu Ginobili rested on the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs still had the depth to hand the rebuilding Bulls their fourth straight loss.

''Having people out and having lost the last game at home last night, I guess you're (playing) more with an edge,'' Gasol said.

Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul each had 15 points as San Antonio closed out a six-game homestand with four victories.

Bryn Forbes, who was making his first career start, had 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3.

San Antonio was also almost without Gay, who was ''50/50'' with an ailing back, but the veteran forward played 18 minutes.

''Rudy performed well,'' Popovich said. ''He had a sore back, but he came out and played. Stayed in the game. I wanted to bring him out, but he wanted to get some more minutes. I thought he was really aggressive on offense.''

San Antonio raced to a 30-8 lead in the opening quarter, extending the margin to 22 points at the close of the period.

The Bulls shot 35 percent and did not have any fastbreak points in the first quarter while the Spurs had eight.

''We haven't been playing with that edge,'' Chicago center Robin Lopez said. ''I know we haven't been talking. I know myself, there was a couple of plays where I wasn't communicating the right way and I gave up a bucket. We just haven't had that contagious communication that breeds good plays, that breeds hustle plays.''

Lopez and Bobby Portis each had 17 points to lead the Bulls.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago had nine steals after averaging 10.3 in its previous three games. ... The Bulls trailed by 22 points after the first quarter. It was the Spurs' largest margin after the opening period since leading by 24 in Chicago in 2014. ... Justin Holiday was 1 for 4 on 3-pointers, snapping a 15-game streak in which me made at least two 3s. ... The Bulls have lost four straight in San Antonio. Chicago's last victory at the AT&T Center was Jan. 29, 2014.

Spurs: Forbes is the third undrafted player under 6-foot-4 player to start a game in franchise history, joining Avery Johnson and Anthony Carter. ... Gay has 10-plus points in 10 of 13 games this season. Ginobili is the only Spurs reserve with more double-digit scoring through 13 games in the past 30 years. Ginobili had 10-plus points in all 13 games in 2008, when he won the Sixth Man of the Year. ... The Spurs had two back-to-back games at home in the same month for the first time in franchise history.

BABY BULLS

Chicago has 12 players with less than three years of experience, which could factor into the team's 2-9 start, but it shouldn't.

''You can if you want an excuse, a bad excuse,'' Bulls veteran Quincy Pondexter said. ''I don't think we believe in excuses. I don't think we feel sorry for ourselves. I think we have to figure out a way to make something click for us.''

Pondexter and Lopez are the only players on Chicago's roster that have been in the NBA more than five seasons.

DOING WELL

Kyle Anderson has started every game at small forward this season in place of Leonard.

''He's splaying a complete game,'' Popovich said. ''He's playing with high basketball IQ on both ends of the floor. He's much more confident in what he does. People enjoy playing with him. He moves the basketball, he hits the open man and he's getting more confident in his own shot.''

SPARTAN REUNION

Forbes and Chicago reserve Denzel Valentine reunited after having played basketball together since they were seven-years old and into careers at Michigan State.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday night to close out their season series with the Thunder.

Spurs: Visit Dallas on Tuesday night in their first road game in two weeks.

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Key Players
R. Lopez
42 C
L. Aldridge
12 F
33.8 Min. Per Game 33.8
22.4 Pts. Per Game 22.4
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
51.8 Field Goal % 50.0
50.0 Three Point % 49.3
77.8 Free Throw % 78.3
+ 2 Kris Dunn made jump shot 0:23
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made jump shot 0:29
  Offensive rebound by Dejounte Murray 0:30
  Dejounte Murray missed jump shot 0:33
  Defensive rebound by Matt Costello 0:47
  Quincy Pondexter missed jump shot 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Bobby Portis 1:02
  Darrun Hilliard missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:07
  Defensive rebound by Darrun Hilliard 1:20
  Bobby Portis missed dunk, blocked by Matt Costello 1:24
+ 3 Davis Bertans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dejounte Murray 1:32
Team Stats
Points 94 133
Field Goals 40-86 (46.5%) 51-85 (60.0%)
3-Pointers 6-23 (26.1%) 18-27 (66.7%)
Free Throws 8-13 (61.5%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 35 53
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 23 36
Team 7 9
Assists 22 33
Steals 9 5
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 13 13
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 0 0
9 PTS, 1 REB, 8 AST
21 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Bulls 2-9 1532232494
home team logo Spurs 8-5 37263436133
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 2-9 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Spurs 8-5 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
B. Portis F 13.2 PPG 6.8 RPG 1.7 APG 47.1 FG%
P. Gasol C 10.1 PPG 8.0 RPG 3.1 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Portis F 17 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
P. Gasol C 21 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
46.5 FG% 60.0
26.1 3PT FG% 66.7
61.5 FT% 81.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Lopez 27 17 4 2 0 1 3 2 8/11 0/0 1/2 2 2 23 -23
J. Grant 32 9 1 8 0 0 1 0 4/6 1/3 0/1 0 1 25 -21
L. Markkanen 15 6 2 2 0 1 2 1 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 -8
J. Holiday 24 3 4 2 2 1 0 1 1/10 1/4 0/0 0 4 14 -15
P. Zipser 7 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Lopez 27 17 4 2 0 1 3 2 8/11 0/0 1/2 2 2 23 -23
J. Grant 32 9 1 8 0 0 1 0 4/6 1/3 0/1 0 1 25 -21
L. Markkanen 15 6 2 2 0 1 2 1 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 -8
J. Holiday 24 3 4 2 2 1 0 1 1/10 1/4 0/0 0 4 14 -15
P. Zipser 7 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 29 17 6 2 0 0 3 0 5/11 2/4 5/5 1 5 24 -23
K. Dunn 26 15 3 2 2 0 1 2 7/15 1/3 0/0 0 3 23 -15
D. Valentine 29 9 3 4 1 0 1 3 4/9 1/4 0/0 0 3 20 -33
C. Felicio 18 8 2 0 1 1 0 2 4/5 0/0 0/3 1 1 12 -15
K. Felder 14 6 1 0 0 0 2 1 3/11 0/3 0/0 0 1 5 -19
Q. Pondexter 13 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 1 0 5 -12
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 94 28 22 9 4 13 15 40/86 6/23 8/13 5 23 166 -195
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Gasol 27 21 10 4 2 1 1 1 8/11 3/3 2/2 1 9 41 +22
L. Aldridge 21 14 7 3 0 2 1 0 7/11 0/0 0/0 4 3 28 +16
K. Anderson 24 13 3 5 1 0 1 1 5/8 0/0 3/3 0 3 26 +16
B. Forbes 34 13 2 3 0 0 2 2 5/10 3/5 0/0 0 2 19 +23
P. Mills 20 5 1 6 1 0 1 1 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 18 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Gasol 27 21 10 4 2 1 1 1 8/11 3/3 2/2 1 9 41 +22
L. Aldridge 21 14 7 3 0 2 1 0 7/11 0/0 0/0 4 3 28 +16
K. Anderson 24 13 3 5 1 0 1 1 5/8 0/0 3/3 0 3 26 +16
B. Forbes 34 13 2 3 0 0 2 2 5/10 3/5 0/0 0 2 19 +23
P. Mills 20 5 1 6 1 0 1 1 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 18 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Murray 24 17 4 5 0 1 2 2 6/12 2/2 3/4 2 2 30 +32
D. Bertans 18 16 0 3 0 0 0 2 5/6 5/6 1/2 0 0 22 +11
R. Gay 18 15 5 0 0 0 1 1 5/7 1/1 4/4 1 4 19 +22
B. Paul 25 15 5 4 1 0 2 0 6/9 3/5 0/1 0 5 27 +23
D. Hilliard 15 2 2 0 0 0 2 3 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 2 2 +13
M. Costello 10 2 5 0 0 2 0 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 9 +7
M. Ginobili - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 133 44 33 5 6 13 16 51/85 18/27 13/16 8 36 241 +195