The San Antonio Spurs are coming fresh off a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves as they visited Illinois to take on the Chicago Bulls, who are hoping to avoid a 0-2 start in the season. The Spurs are currently without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker while the Bulls are without Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. This matchup would mark the first of two games that these two teams will play against each other.
The first quarter would be held closely as the Bulls shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Spurs would shoot thirty-two percent from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge ended up scoring eight points as he shot forty-three percent from the field. He would jump up to grab two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as Pau Gasol would be limited to four points. Patty Mills chalked up two points as he crashed the boards for two rebounds.
As for the Chicago team, Robin Lopez would also record eight points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds to add to his game. Former Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Justin Holiday also collect eight points as he shot only thirty-three percent from the field. Paul Zipser would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds as the Bulls ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.
The San Antonio Spurs would shoot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to only thirty-seven percent. New York-native Rudy Gay would come off of the Spurs bench to put up six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Former Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge would put up four points while pulling down two defensive rebounds. Pau Gasol ended up scoring three points while gobbling up three defensive rebounds and dishing off two assists.
On the other end of the court, rookie power forward Lauri Markkanen would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while putting up five points. He would also grab five defensive rebounds while knocking down a three-pointer. Paul Zipser would be limited to only three points, which he would earn from the beyond the arc while Denzel Valentine played nine minutes only to score two points. Jerian Grant was only limited to two points as the visiting team would walk into halftime with a slight 41-38 advantage.
During the third period, the Bulls would shoot forty percent from the field while the Spurs ended up shooting thirty-seven percent from the field. Aldridge would start to heat up for twelve points as he shot fifty-five percent from the field. He would gobble up two offensive rebounds while Gasol would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound. Danny Green would connect for a three-pointer as Dejounte Murray would collect two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.
As for the Chicago team, Lopez would shoot seventy-five percent from the field while collecting seven points, three coming from behind the arc. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Grant would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to give himself four points. Justin Holiday would be limited to shooting fourteen percent from the field while earning two points. Valentine would also score two points but would grab two defensive rebounds but it was the visiting team who went into the fourth quarter with a 65 to 55 lead.
The San Antonio team would shoot forty-six percent from the field as the Illinois team shot thirty-five percent from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge ended up scoring four more points with two coming from the free-throw line. Danny Green, Dejounte Murray, and Joffrey Lauvergne would each score four points Murray and Lauvergne would collect two defensive rebounds each.
On the other end of the floor, Markkanen would add five more points to his scoring total with three of them coming from the three-point line. He would also collect three defensive rebounds while shooting forty percent from the field. Holiday would connect for a three-pointer and two free-throws to give himself five points while Jerian Grant would be limited to only twenty-nine percent shooting from the field in the ten minutes he played. California-native David Nwaba would score five points with three coming from the charity but he did manage to grab four defensive rebounds which wouldn’t be enough as the San Antonio Spurs pull away with an 87 to 77 win over the Chicago Bulls. LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds, and three assists while Robin Lopez would finish with sixteen points, seven rebounds, and three assists.