Depleted Bulls defeat Spurs



San Antonio's four-game winning streak was snapped in Chicago.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Kirk Hinrich was back to his old self.
Hinrich had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Gordon added 20 points Monday to lead the short-handed Chicago Bulls past the San Antonio Spurs, 99-87.
Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Manu Ginobili scored 22 for San Antonio.
Hinrich was in a shooting slump last week and also bothered by a recent groin injury. Known for his defense, he limited Spurs star Tony Parker to six points and two assists.
"I have been feeling good the last few games. I kind of gotten back to myself, playing aggressive on both ends and I think my floor game has been a lot better," Hinrich said.
"I have played a lot more loose. I think before I was kind of thinking too much, kind of worrying about what the coaches wanted me to do. Instead of going out and playing and using my instincts," he said.
Missing
The Bulls played without Chris Duhon and Ben Wallace. Duhon was suspended for one game for missing practice on Sunday and Wallace missed his second straight game because of a sore back.
"I don't want to be short-handed, but we've been able to get away with it for a couple of games," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "It's not something long-term I want to do. It gives other guys who are good NBA players an opportunity to play. You get to see other people and it helps me get a different perspective on some other guys."
Trailing 27-23 early in the second quarter, Chicago went on a 17-5 run to take the lead for good. Thabo Sefolosha started it with a jumper and Gordon followed with a 3.
Gordon gave the Bulls a 42-32 lead with consecutive jumpers and Chicago led 52-45 at the half.
Rare start
Gordon, making his eighth start of the season, started in place of Duhon and scored 11 points in the second quarter. Rookie Tyrus Thomas also got a rare start in place of Wallace and finished the game with eight points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.
Luol Deng scored 17 for Chicago.
"All in all, they just outplayed us," Duncan said. "They're a good defensive ballclub, very good at rotating."
Reserve Andres Nocioni gave the Bulls a 74-64 lead with a half hook with 15.7 seconds left in the third quarter. The Bulls extended its lead with consecutive 3s from Nocioni and Sefolosha to give them a 83-69 early in the fourth quarter.
Nocioni finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bulls held San Antonio to 39.5 percent shooting.
After the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked if Parker was hurt.
"It would have made more sense if he was hurt. But he's fine, which is not the way he played, if you catch my drift," Popovich said.
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