San Antonio Spurs

Monday, November 07, 2005

Spurs and Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich wanted a timeout, but Tony Parker saw an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

So he headed toward the basket, broke the tie and led the Spurs to a 104-95 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

Parker scored eight of his 22 in overtime, and Tim Duncan finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

"Pop always tells me everytime he calls a timeout I've got the freedom to do that," Parker said. "He said, 'Anytime you want to go all the way to the basket, just do it.' And tonight, it was just a great opportunity to make it happen, and it worked out for me."

Parker was 6-of-14 from the field and 10-of-12 from the foul line and finished with nine assists as the Spurs rebounded from a 103-84 loss at Dallas on Saturday.

Duncan also blocked six shots -- giving him 1,505 rejections for his career. Nazr Mohammed added 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting, and Manu Ginobili scored 14.

Tied at 91 after regulation, the Spurs outscored Chicago 13-4 in overtime.

Parker hit two free throws 30 seconds into the extra period. Luol Deng tied it for Chicago, but Parker's drive put the Spurs ahead for good, 95-93, with 3:45 remaining.

Michael Finley hit a three from the corner to make it 98-93 with 3:18 left in overtime. After a layup by the Bulls' Mike Sweetney, Parker drove again to boost the lead back up to five with 2:06 remaining. Duncan added a jumper in the final minute, and Parker hit two free throws with 31.5 seconds left.

Popovich called more pick-and-rolls for Parker in overtime, and he responded.

"I thought our guards did a good job [on Parker], but it's not just one person; it's their whole team," Deng said. "You try to help, but they have shooters. That team has so many weapons, and they just keep coming at us from the bench. Everybody knows their role, but Tony -- he's quick."

Deng led the Bulls with 19 points, and Ben Gordon finished with 14 after missing six of his first seven shots. Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago, which lost its second straight game.

"We did a lot of good things," Gordon said. "It's just a pity we couldn't finish it up."

After trailing most of the game, the Bulls tied it at 77 on Deng's basket just over four minutes into the fourth quarter. He gave the Bulls their first lead since the opening minutes -- 87-85 -- when he hit two free throws with 2:49 left after Robert Horry committed his sixth foul.

Duncan tied it with two free throws, and Mohammed picked up a loose ball underneath and scored to give the Spurs an 89-87 lead with 1:34 left.

After another basket by Deng, Parker hit two free throws to put the Spurs ahead 91-89 with 1:03 left in regulation.

Parker missed a runner along the right baseline, and Chandler grabbed the rebound and called time with 24.2 remaining. A driving Kirk Hinrich threw up a wild shot, but the ball caromed out of bounds off a Spur.

Gordon struck again.

This time, he came off a double screen from Deng and Chandler, lost Parker, caught the inbounds and made an 18-footer from the right wing to tie it at 91 with 16.2 seconds left in regulation.

"I got two good screens, got open and knocked it down," Gordon said.

After a timeout, Ginobili caught the inbound and let about 10 seconds tick away before driving right. He missed, the game went to overtime, and the Spurs shut down the Bulls in overtime.

"We showed some good composure," Duncan said. "Nobody panicked. Nobody forced shots. We took every possession and tried to get a good shot ... and defensively, we were contesting shots very well."

Game notes
Spurs guard Brent Barry headed to the locker room with lower back spasms midway through the second quarter and did not return. ... Horry committed a flagrant foul early in the second quarter after delivering a forearm to the head of Chicago's Andres Nocioni while running upcourt. ... Bulls forward Tim Thomas, who missed most of the preseason with foot problems after being acquired from New York in the Eddy Curry trade, did not play. He played eight minutes against New Jersey on Saturday and scored six points in 16 minutes in the season-opener against Charlotte. ... San Antonio has won nine straight and 13 of 14 against the Bulls.

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