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Duncan, Spurs continue success against Bulls

Nov 18, 2006 - 3:41 AM SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- The Chicago Bulls learned again that the San Antonio Spurs are not that vulnerable at home.

Tim Duncan scored 21 points and Brent Barry added 14 as the Spurs continued their success against the Bulls at the AT&T Center with a 100-83 victory.

Tony Parker had 13 points for San Antonio, which shot 51 percent (37-of-72) from the field to pick up its seventh win in its last eight home games against the Bulls.

However, the Spurs committed 23 turnovers in the blowout victory, leaving coach Gregg Popovich less than thrilled.

"It was a sloppy game both ways by both teams," Popovich said. "There were a lot of turnovers, but the defense was very good. It gave us the opportunity to stay with them.

"I think a lot of it (the turnovers) was them trying to be too cute. They were skipping steps and that sort of thing, just cutting things short instead of going for the simple pass."

The Spurs had lost home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats in the first month of the season after losing just seven regular-season games here all of last season.

The Spurs featured a balanced attack with five double-figure scorers, shooting 11-of-25 from the arc. Reserve point guard Beno Udrih scored just six points, but dished out nine assists in 23 minutes.

"He's a fantastic point guard," Popovich said. "He shoots the ball very well and he's a wonderful passer. Probably the best passer on the team. He's very valuable to us."

Duncan made 10-of-15 shots and collected 11 rebounds and three blocks. Barry was 5-of-9 from the floor, including three 3-pointers.

"It was one of those games we knew we had to win," Duncan said. "We knew we would get a better response. We still had a lot of turnovers but all in all defensively, I thought we were pretty solid and put a pretty good game together."

San Antonio's bench outscored Chicago's reserves, 48-38.

"The bench play has been big for us all year," Duncan said. "Matty (Matt Bonner) got an opportunity with some foul trouble with Fabricio (Oberto) and Francisco (Elson). I knew he was really anxious to get in there and make a difference.

"He played great in that first half and made some shots for us. That's going to be his motivation for the rest of the year. He's going to be able to come in there and knock some shots for us."

Ben Gordon netted 21 points for the Bulls, who committed 22 turnovers to drop their second consecutive contest on a seven-game road trip while the circus is at Chicago's United Center.

"They are on a run where they have played all three Texas teams," Popovich said. "They were in a back-to-back situation and just ran out of juice. It was fortunate for us. It would have been tough in Chicago."

Bulls coach Scott Skiles pointed to porous defense as the reason his team lost.

"We let Parker and Udrih penetrate at will," Skiles said. "The Spurs looked much better and faster. Both Bowen and Barry were blowing by our guys all night long."

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