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98
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Chicago 21 22 31 24 98
San Antonio 28 34 16 15 93
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CTNaN:� , December 15, 2018
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas  Attendance: 18,354

Spurs find stride, want to stay that way against Bulls

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs

  1. The Spurs beat the Bulls on November 26 away from home, 108-107, winning their fourth straight in the matchup. San Antonio has won four consecutive games at home versus Chicago, winning each game by at least eight points.
  2. The Bulls have lost three straight and have dropped 10 of their last 11 games overall. Chicago has scored 257 points in its last three games, the fewest by any team in a three-game span this season.
  3. The Spurs have won four straight and are back over .500 for the first time since sitting at 8-7 after beating the Warriors on November 18. San Antonio has finished 21 consecutive seasons with a win percentage higher than .500, the longest streak in NBA history.
  4. Justin Holiday went 4-of-5 from three in Chicago's loss to Orlando on Thursday night. It was Holiday's 10th game with at least four made threes this season -- since last season, he has 22 such games after only making four or more threes in three games prior to 2017-18.
  5. LaMarcus Aldridge went 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the field in San Antonio's win over the Clippers, his best field-goal percentage in a game this season. It was Aldridge's highest career field-goal percentage in a game with at least one three-point attempt.
  6. The Spurs rank second in the NBA with a three-point percentage of 39.1, but attempt the fewest threes per game at 24.1. Opponents have gone 9-0 versus the Bulls this season when shooting 39.0 percent or better from deep.

Four wins in a row -- all of them at home in seven days -- brought the San Antonio Spurs back to their "happy" place and turned them back into a team that's playing like NBA followers have come to expect during a run of 21 straight appearances in the postseason.

The same can't be said for the Chicago Bulls, who venture in to the Alamo City on Saturday for a dustup with the Spurs at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio rolled to a 125-87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday as LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting in just three quarters and led six teammates in double-figure scoring.

Rudy Gay added 21 points for San Antonio on 8-of-10 shooting, and DeMar DeRozan and Marco Belinelli added 14 each. Patty Mills and Derrick White hit for 11 points apiece, and Bryn Forbes scored 10 for the Spurs, who outshot the Clippers 58 percent to 36 percent.

"We played a really good defensive game," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You know, that fuels your offense in most situations, so I like to think we're getting better - more consistent defensively."

The Spurs' four-game run has propelled them back above .500 (15-14) for the first time since they were 8-7 after beating defending NBA champion Golden State on Nov. 18.

"If you can't take care of home court, then you're in trouble," Aldridge said. "We had a lot of games on the road and that kind of caught up with us. Coming home, guys wanted to recharge and just try to take care of this homestand."

The Bulls have been a disaster this season, losing 10 of their past 11 games and performing so poorly that coach Fred Hoiberg was fired Dec. 3. Interim coach Jim Boylen has not fared much better than Hoiberg, producing one win in five games at the helm as Chicago tries to find its footing despite a slew of injuries.

Chicago's latest setback was a 97-91 loss on Thursday to Orlando in Mexico City. Zach LaVine scored 23 points and Justin Holiday finished with 18 points for the Bulls (6-23), who struggle with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

"We are on the right direction," Holiday said afterward. "We got another loss, but we are on the right direction."

Holiday canned four 3-pointers and has at least one in 39 straight games, the longest streak in Bulls history and his career.

After the game, the Bulls confirmed that forward Jabari Parker will be out of the regular rotation going forward. He played just four scoreless minutes in the loss to the Magic on Thursday, a move Boylen said was more about matchups than Parker's play.

"It's about the team, and you play your minutes when you're in there, and when you're not, you support the guys who are," Boylen said after the loss. "We have a lot of games left, and we're going to need all of our people. Going forward, (Parker) is part of our team, and it's not about the individual, it's about the team. We'll see what his minutes are going forward."

The Spurs the Bulls in the teams' first meeting this season, a 108-107 decision in Chicago, and own a four-game win streak against the Bulls. The Spurs are 55-33 all time against Chicago and 32-11 in the Alamo City.

Updated December 14, 2018

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