Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points, leading short-handed San Antonio to an impressive 103-89 victory against the host Chicago Bulls.
CHICAGO — Tim Duncan was dressed in street clothes, with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili joining him on the bench. San Antonio’s three biggest stars got up occasionally to cheer on teammates, but that was the extent of their contribution Monday.
On this night, the league-leading Spurs did just fine without them.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 26 points and Danny Green had 18, leading short-handed San Antonio to an impressive 103-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
“One would hope that you could play with anybody in your system, but it was a tough challenge for them tonight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “And I couldn’t be more proud of what they did.”
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Parker, Duncan and Ginobili were all out with injuries, and swingman Stephen Jackson also missed the game because of “personal business,” according to team officials. With Duncan on the sideline, the Spurs were outrebounded 49-26, including a whopping 17-2 deficit on the offensive glass.
San Antonio still managed to win, due in large part to 19 Chicago turnovers the Spurs turned into 29 points.
Nate Robinson, a former standout for the Washington Huskies and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 20 points for the Bulls.
“When you outrebound somebody like we did and to be in the position we were in, we beat ourselves,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, lamenting the turnovers.
knocks off Boston
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated Boston 94-91 to snap the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, but missed an 18-footer that would have put his team ahead late in the game.
Boston’s Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had chances to send the game into overtime in the final seconds, but missed open three-pointers.
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