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Aldridge helps Spurs beat Bulls 108-107

CHICAGO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge showed off his smooth low-post game in the fourth quarter.

He even threw down an impressive dunk for good measure.

Aldridge scored 11 of his 20 points in the final period, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Chicago Bulls for a 108-107 victory on Monday night.

''I just got touches,'' Aldridge said. ''I touched it a little bit more and kind of found my rhythm and once I felt good I was trying to keep going.''

DeMar DeRozan had 21 points for San Antonio, and Patty Mills finished with 17. Bryn Forbes made three of the Spurs' 10 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.

San Antonio had dropped three of four, including a 135-129 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday. But the Spurs bounced back behind the clutch play of Aldridge and DeRozan.

''I like the fact that DeMar and L.A. got aggressive down the stretch and took over,'' coach Gregg Popovich said.

Chicago had two chances to go in front in the final seconds and came up empty each time. Zach LaVine was short on a long 3-point try from the top of the key. Ryan Arcidiacono then stole Forbes' inbounds pass and missed a jumper as time expired.

''It was just a tough way to end the game,'' Arcidiacono said.

LaVine scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth, but the Bulls lost for the seventh time in eight games. Arcidiacono finished with a career-high 22 points, and Jabari Parker had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

LaVine also had eight rebounds, seven assists and six of Chicago's 11 turnovers. Asked about settling for the long 3 in the final seconds of a one-point game, LaVine sounded as if he had no regrets.

''If I make it, different result. If I don't, it's a bad shot,'' he said. ''But I don't care. I think I can make it and I will make it in the future.''

LaVine's two foul shots gave Chicago a 101-98 lead with 5:58 left, but San Antonio responded with a 10-0 run.

Aldridge started the decisive sequence with a fadeaway jumper. Derrick White made a go-ahead 3-pointer and DeRozan had a slick reverse layup before Aldridge punctuated the spurt with a three-point play on a drive and jam with 2:13 remaining.

DeRozan said Aldridge's move reminded him of the big man's college days at Texas, but Aldridge wasn't ready to go that far.

''I wouldn't say that,'' a chuckling Aldridge said, ''but definitely a younger me. But I felt good tonight and just made it happen.''

BENCH PLAY

San Antonio's reserves finished with 44 points, compared to 14 for Chicago's backups. Mills was 7 for 10 from the field and Jakob Poeltl had 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

''They saved us again,'' Popovich said. ''The second unit has been great.''

TIP-INS

Spurs: It was DeRozan's 16th game this season with at least 20 points. ... San Antonio earned its fourth straight win against Chicago.

Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen (sprained right elbow) has been cleared to ''fully participate in practice'' on Tuesday, coach Fred Hoiberg said. If that goes well, a timeline for Markkanen's return could come into focus. ''Hopefully he feels great and keeps making progress and we can get him out on the floor soon,'' Hoiberg said. ... G Kris Dunn (left MCL sprain) and F Bobby Portis (right MCL sprain) could participate in the non-contact portions of practice on Tuesday. ''So they're going to kind of get on the same path as what Lauri has gone through the last couple of weeks, to start integrating themselves back into the team,'' Hoiberg said. ... Rookie F Chandler Hutchison returned after missing three games because of back spasms.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night. The Spurs beat the Timberwolves 112-108 in their season opener on Oct. 17.

Bulls: Open a four-game trip at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
Z. LaVine
8 PG
36.1 Min. Per Game 36.1
25.5 Pts. Per Game 25.5
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
48.6 Field Goal % 43.5
48.3 Three Point % 43.7
85.7 Free Throw % 86.1
  Team rebound 0:00
  Ryan Arcidiacono missed jump shot 0:00
  Bad pass turnover on Bryn Forbes, stolen by Ryan Arcidiacono 0:00
  Personal foul on Ryan Arcidiacono 0:03
  Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge 0:03
  Zach LaVine missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday 0:24
+ 3 Ryan Arcidiacono made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Zach LaVine 0:48
  DeMar DeRozan missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:57
  Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan 1:13
  Zach LaVine missed jump shot 1:15
Team Stats
Points 108 107
Field Goals 45-93 (48.4%) 42-90 (46.7%)
3-Pointers 10-30 (33.3%) 14-33 (42.4%)
Free Throws 8-9 (88.9%) 9-11 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 48 51
Offensive 7 5
Defensive 39 39
Team 2 7
Assists 29 23
Steals 7 6
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 16 12
Technicals 0 1
20 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
28 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Spurs 10-10 27252828108
home team logo Bulls 5-16 27233324107
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 10-10 103.3 PPG 45.1 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Bulls 5-16 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG 21.2 PPG 6.0 RPG 6.2 APG 48.1 FG%
Z. LaVine PG 23.7 PPG 4.7 RPG 4.5 APG 46.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 21 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
Z. LaVine PG 28 PTS 8 REB 7 AST
48.4 FG% 46.7
33.3 3PT FG% 42.4
88.9 FT% 81.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. DeRozan 21 8 5 9/18 0/2 3/3 3 34 0 0 3 2 6 -11 36
L. Aldridge 20 8 3 8/12 0/0 4/5 1 30 2 2 2 3 5 -7 36
B. Forbes 13 2 6 5/11 3/6 0/0 1 28 0 0 2 0 2 -1 25
R. Gay 8 3 2 3/7 2/3 0/0 3 16 0 0 0 0 3 -3 15
D. Cunningham 2 7 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 0 0 1 6 -11 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. DeRozan 21 8 5 9/18 0/2 3/3 3 34 0 0 3 2 6 -11 36
L. Aldridge 20 8 3 8/12 0/0 4/5 1 30 2 2 2 3 5 -7 36
B. Forbes 13 2 6 5/11 3/6 0/0 1 28 0 0 2 0 2 -1 25
R. Gay 8 3 2 3/7 2/3 0/0 3 16 0 0 0 0 3 -3 15
D. Cunningham 2 7 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 0 0 1 6 -11 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. Mills 17 1 2 7/10 2/4 1/1 1 23 1 0 0 0 1 +1 23
J. Poeltl 10 4 4 5/5 0/0 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 1 3 +8 22
D. White 8 6 1 3/8 2/4 0/0 2 23 2 0 1 0 6 +6 17
M. Belinelli 7 3 5 3/12 1/7 0/0 1 23 1 0 0 0 3 +8 21
D. Bertans 2 4 1 1/7 0/4 0/0 1 18 1 0 2 0 4 +15 7
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Metu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Walker IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Eubanks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 46 29 45/93 10/30 8/9 16 234 7 2 10 7 39 +5 211
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 28 8 7 10/26 3/8 5/6 1 35 0 0 6 1 7 +11 44
R. Arcidiacono 22 4 2 8/12 4/6 2/2 3 36 2 0 1 0 4 +7 31
J. Parker 18 10 2 7/15 2/6 2/3 1 35 2 0 1 2 8 +1 33
J. Holiday 17 6 4 6/10 5/8 0/0 0 37 0 2 1 1 5 +6 32
W. Carter Jr. 8 6 1 4/11 0/0 0/0 5 24 1 1 2 0 6 +12 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 28 8 7 10/26 3/8 5/6 1 35 0 0 6 1 7 +11 44
R. Arcidiacono 22 4 2 8/12 4/6 2/2 3 36 2 0 1 0 4 +7 31
J. Parker 18 10 2 7/15 2/6 2/3 1 35 2 0 1 2 8 +1 33
J. Holiday 17 6 4 6/10 5/8 0/0 0 37 0 2 1 1 5 +6 32
W. Carter Jr. 8 6 1 4/11 0/0 0/0 5 24 1 1 2 0 6 +12 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Lopez 6 1 2 3/5 0/1 0/0 1 23 0 0 0 0 1 -13 11
C. Hutchison 4 4 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 18 0 0 0 1 3 -2 8
C. Payne 2 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 -14 2
A. Blakeney 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 -6 3
S. Harrison 0 4 5 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 17 1 2 0 0 4 -7 17
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Dunn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Portis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ulis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felicio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Markkanen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 44 23 42/90 14/33 9/11 12 235 6 5 11 5 39 -5 197