Game 15: Chicago Bulls (10-5) defeat San Antonio Spurs (14-4), 92-89
November 30, 2015
United Center – Chicago
After a 17-point, 38 percent shooting first quarter, the Bulls redeemed themselves in the second quarter, scoring 32 points off of 50 percent from the field. Doug McDermott and Derrick Rose led Chicago in the second to propel them to a 49-48 halftime lead.
From there, neither team could take complete control of the game, so the score remained close. The highest lead either team got in the second half was a six-point Bulls lead that couldn’t be maintained.
With 2:00 left in the game, the score was tied at 89. Pau Gasol split a pair of free throws, and then Jimmy Butler made a pair of his own to give the Bulls 92 points. The Spurs had 10 seconds to get a three and tie the game, but the Bulls stepped up defensively — closing out on the perimeter well. In fact, Rose blocked Tony Parker‘s left corner three attempt to end the game and solidify the win.
Player of the Game
Gasol led the Bulls with a double-double of 18 points (6-18 FG, 6-8 FT) and 13 rebounds to go along with four assists, one steal and a game-high three blocks.
Neither the Bulls nor the Spurs shot too well from the field, and they did even worse on threes. The Bulls, however, still did significantly better with threes than the Spurs did.
The Bulls hit six 3-pointers, and the Spurs only made a pair. Take a closer look at the 3-point shooting numbers, and the Spurs only shot 14.3 percent while the Bulls connected on 37.5 percent from downtown.
Matchup of the Game Result
Jimmy Butler versus Kawhi Leonard
Leonard led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-21 from the field. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 40 minutes.
Butler, too, played 40 minutes, but, for once, he didn’t come out on top in his matchup. He posted 14 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks Those aren’t bad numbers by any means, but Butler didn’t need to be the star Monday night. His five turnovers hurt, though.
The Bulls will face the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. matchup at the United Center.
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