Bulls vs. Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Bulls vs. Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Bulls vs. Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Chicago Bulls (30-18) play against the San Antonio Spurs (31-31) at AT&T Center

Game Time: 8:30 PM EST on Friday January 28, 2022

Chicago Bulls 122, San Antonio Spurs 131 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
#Bucks guard Grayson Allen was available to speak for the first time since being suspended for a flagrant 2 foul on #Bulls guard Alex Caruso on Jan. 21:
“I’m not going to say I disagree with it or anything like that. It is what it is. You just accept it and now I’m back.” – 1:52 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Was great to see you @DeMar DeRozan ! 🤝
Fitting for it to be one of the most epic battles of the season.
#SpursFamily | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/4hsCgy53Rc1:01 AM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
After helping Spurs Give deliver a $10,000 check to ⁦@MorgansWndrlnd⁩’s Gordon Hartman, Derrick White dished out 9 dimes to his teammates in helping the Spurs topple the Bulls. Spurs finished with 35 assists three days after registering 38 in a blowout win in Houston. pic.twitter.com/Z1nZz6WuMb12:58 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
It was a productive night for the Heat, which moved 1.5 games ahead of the second-place Bulls in the East standings. Oh, the Heat also now holds the NBA’s top team three-point percentage.
Takeaways and postgame reaction from tonight’s win over Clippers miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…12:18 AM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Got it done on @Derrick White ‘s bobblehead night!! 🙌
As always, #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/CbFOLm5EEE12:07 AM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
DeMar and Zach showed up on the offensive end … unfortunately the defense was snowed in back at O’Hare, as Bulls defense was awful in DeRozan’s San Antonio return.
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/sports-saturda…11:55 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Keldon Johnson on facing DeMar DeRozan:
“That’s my big brother, mentor, you know what I am saying? I learned a lot of things from him. It was crazy seeing him in a different jersey. He’s competitive. He was going at it, but we got the win tonight.” – 11:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs’ point differential is right at 0 again through 50 games of the season. pic.twitter.com/Xlgp0gquwJ11:52 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Squad was on another level tonight!! 📈
THREE guys with 20+ 🙌
Dejounte: 29p | 12a | 9r | 3s
Keldon: 23p | 8r | 4 3pm | 2a
Jakob: 21p | 11r | 4a
Derrick: 14p | 9a | 4r
Devin: 11p | 4r | 2a
Doug: 11p | 3 3pm
Lonnie: 11p | 3 3pm
Josh: 5p
Drew: 4p | 6r | 2a
Tre: 2p | 2a pic.twitter.com/fdyFx8FN8J11:47 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Poeltl sealed the win with an 11-ft jump hook with 47.9 seconds left. Murray got his 12th & final assist on the play, which gave the Spurs a 126-120 lead.
“It was one of those where you are almost too open, so I was in between going to the hoop and taking the shot,” Jakob said. – 11:42 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Poeltl finished with 21 points on 9 of 12. He had 18 of the Spurs’ 58 points in the paint.
“We knew they didn’t have the best shot blocking, so we were trying to take advantage of that,” he said. – 11:38 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Zach LaVine described the Bulls defense as “terrible” in tonight’s 131-122 loss at SanAntonio. pic.twitter.com/4Sr5CB7jiE11:37 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
With tonight’s win, the Spurs have moved up to 11th out West.
39% of the season left to be played – 11:33 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Zach LaVine deadpans (before breaking into laughter) about winning the player vote but being left off the All-Star starter selections: “I’ve done that for the last few years, won the player vote. It’s you guys that don’t like me.” – 11:33 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Zach LaVine: “We’ve got to fix our defense.” – 11:28 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Zach LaVine media availability following tonight’s game against the Spurs twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…11:27 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs won their 2nd game of the season when allowing 120 on defense.
They’re now 2-13 when allowing 120 in a game. – 11:26 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs had quite a night on offense against the Bulls’ defense:
48 points from three
43% 3PT accuracy
58 paint points
64% acc in paint
35 assists
70% assist percentage
just 7 turnovers
131 points
39% of shots from outside – 11:24 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan pointed to 3P disparity in explaining Bulls’ loss to Spurs. CHI shot 8-30, SAS 16-37
“Now, why was that? I thought we had a really hard time controlling the ball. I didn’t think that we closed very well, in terms of ball containment. And that’s when 3s come.” – 11:14 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“That’s like my big brother, my mentor. It was crazy seeing him in a different jersey.” – Keldon Johnson on seeing DeMar DeRozan tonight. – 11:13 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan: “When you score 122 points, you’ve got to be able play good enough defense that that’s enough points to be able to win.”
DeMar DeRozan: “We scored 122 points, that’s more than enough points to win.” – 11:11 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Both Billy Donovan and DeMar DeRozan pointed to obvious. They scored enough (122 points) to win. Defense needs to be better. – 11:09 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
DeMar DeRozan on tonight’s Bulls loss at San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/qLiNBHB0vY11:08 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
DeMar DeRozan on Dejounte Murray: “That’s my little brother. … We’re the same person. That’s a bond that will never be broken.”
Goes on to advocate for Murray to be an All-Star selection. – 11:08 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeMar DeRozan on Dejounte Murray: “That’s my little brother, man. I got the utmost love and respect for Dejounte.”
Said he should be an All-Star. – 11:08 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are now 15-17 when the Main 3 of Murray, White, and Poeltl play in the same game.
They’re also now 12-14 when winning or tying the 3-point line.
I know those don’t sound like good records, but that’s important for a team that’s 19-31 – 11:08 PM
Minnesota Timberwolves PR @Twolves_PR
Anthony Edwards has now dished out a career-high 10 assists to go along with his 22 points, his 1st career 20+ point/10+ assist game, becoming the 3rd player 20 years old or younger in @Minnesota Timberwolves history to have 20/10 in a game (LaVine- twice and Marbury- 11 times). – 11:05 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: DeMar DeRozan media availability following tonight’s game against the Spurs twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…11:04 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Every Bulls fan seeing Grayson Allen back playing on ESPN right now … pic.twitter.com/Jzj2XJsojC11:03 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“We knew they didn’t have the best shot blocking, so we tried to take advantage of that.” – Poeltl on the Spurs wanting to attack the Bulls inside.
Poeltl had 18 of the team 58 paint points – 11:00 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs pick up their 7th crunch time win of the season.
They’re now 7-15 in crunch time. – 10:59 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Coach Billy Donovan media availability following tonight’s game against the Spurs twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:59 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Final Numbers:
DeMar: 32p/6r/8a
Zach: 30p/4r/4a/1b
Vooch: 18p/8r/4a/2s
Coby: 18p/2r/1a
Dos: 10p/6r/3a/2s
Woo: 8p/2r/2a/1s/1b
TBJ: 4p/7r pic.twitter.com/oV4h0MbZ7Y10:56 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“We had 35 assists. That tells the story offensively. I think we won 3 of the quarters.” – Coach Pop on the win over the Bulls tonight – 10:55 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Tough one. Portland on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/Y4pfY1jVIq10:54 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs completed their 3rd 10-point comeback of the season.
They’re now 3-29 when down by 10. – 10:52 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Dejounte Murray last 6 games:
29 PTS | 9 REB | 12 AST | 3 STL
16 PTS | 10 REB | 11 AST | 2 STL
19 PTS | 5 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL
19 PTS | 9 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL
25 PTS | 12 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL
23 PTS | 10 REB | 14 AST | 3 STL
All Star. pic.twitter.com/9EFadtR8q210:52 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls fall to 131-122. DeRozan: 32pts. LaVine: 30. Bulls 52% but went 8-30-3s. Spurs: Murray: 29-9-12. Up next: Bulls host Portland Sunday.2:15 pre. @670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network @Audacy10:52 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are now 10-6 as favorites after the win over the Bulls. – 10:51 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Spurs 131, Bulls 122
DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points in San Antonio return, but Bulls allow 130+ for third time this season. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs charge with 29 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals
Bulls are 30-18 – 10:50 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs defeat the Bulls by 9.
The Spurs are now…
…19-31 overall
…10-16 at home
…8-13 against the East pic.twitter.com/ytvkBYREpa10:49 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Final: Bulls 122, Spurs 131
DeMar Derozan (32 points, 8 assists) and Zach LaVine (30 points, 4 assists) both finish with 30+ points apiece, but that’s not enough to offset the Spurs’ offense, which picked the Bulls apart in PnR action. – 10:49 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs finish off 131-122 win over the Bulls. Good win for a team that needed it. Murray ends with 29-12-9. Poeltl 21 and 11. – 10:49 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Didn’t Popovich help popularize “Hack-a-Shaq” and its offshoots? Tonight, it’s been Pick-a-Vuc. Non-stop pick-and-rolls involving Vucevic and there’s been no answer, Spurs have rolled up 131 points; bad loss for #Bulls10:48 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Chicago loses in San Antonio, Miami now 1-1/2 games clear of the Bulls in the East — and Erik Spoelstra a little bit closer to coaching in the All-Star Game. – 10:48 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Spurs 131, Bulls 122
DeRozan 32 pts, 8 assists, 5 rebs
LaVine 30 pts
White 18 pts; 7-9 FGs
Murray 29 pts, 12 assists, 9 rebs
Murray shredded Bulls’ D all night – 10:48 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Spurs 131, Bulls 122.
Not a good night defensively by the Bulls, who allow the Spurs to shoot 52.6 percent and hit 16-of-37 3-pointers.
DeMar DeRozan: 32/5/8
Zach LaVine: 30/4/4
Nikola Vučević: 18/8/4
The Bulls are now 30-18. – 10:48 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is Zach LaVine’s 12th 30-point game, one behind DeRozan – 10:46 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
With DeRozan’s three, the Spurs entered their 22nd crunch time game. – 10:44 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Spurs guard Dejounte Murray has done whatever he’s wanted all night against the Bulls’ pick-and-roll defense. He’s got 26 points, eight rebounds and a game-high 12 of San Antonio’s 35 assists. – 10:43 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Congratulations if you had Jakob Poeltl hitting the clutch shot of the night. He’s up to 21 points and 11 rebounds. – 10:43 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Poeltl with a crucial jump hook right there.
Spurs by 6 with 47.9 seconds left
Poeltl with 18 of his 21 points from the paint – 10:43 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas: “I was super proud of our guys in terms of our right tonight. We didn’t necessarily show that fight in the San Antonio game.” – 10:42 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
32 points for DeRozan. He sinks his first three tonight.
Spurs by 4 – 10:42 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
That’s DeMar DeRozan’s 13th 30-point game – 10:42 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Another rough break there for the Spurs/White on a block-charge call with the Bulls in the bonus. – 10:41 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Perfect example tonight of Pop saying Spurs have to have a handful of guys play well around Murray. By the way, per @AirlessJordan, Spurs now have 10 games this season with 7-plus players scoring in double-figures, most of any team in the NBA. – 10:39 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
16 paint points for Jakob Poeltl tonight.
He entered averaging 15.6 points in the paint in his last six games – 10:39 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Spurs 32 assists only 8 turnovers. Bulls trail by 8 with 5:08. – 10:33 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Again, Keldon Johnson is a good 3-point shooter now but I still would avoid fouling him out there. – 10:33 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
This arena has turned in to the UC Southwest.but the Spurs respond and lead 113-106 with 5:42 left 4th. Murray is a terrific talent as is Keldon Johnson. – 10:31 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Big buckets from Keldon and Dejounte to stretch the Spurs’ lead back to 7 after the Bulls got within 2.
24 points for Murray, 20 points for Keldon – 10:31 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
TBJ cleaning the glass like a game of 21.
@NBCSChicago | @Troy Brown pic.twitter.com/XQDkflOy8F10:28 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls down 106-100. 8:10 left 4th. @DeMar DeRozan with 25 @Zach LaVine 22. @AyoDos_11 10–6-3. Vooch: 14-7-3. Keep listening @670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network – 10:27 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
25 points for DeRozan now.
Spurs’ 13 point lead down to 6 with 8:10 left pic.twitter.com/HFrBg7kTg210:25 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Dejounte Murray checking back in with 9:16 remaining. – 10:23 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
Zach “The Machine” LaVine, probably, when told the Spurs have extended their advantage to 7, then 10, then 12 points.
“The leads are weak!” – 10:17 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
45 points from three so far tonight for San Antonio pic.twitter.com/M6o7GvxzXn10:16 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Spurs playing team offense, Bulls playing iso … iso is losing. – 10:15 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The Bulls are shooting 53 percent and losing by 12 early in the fourth quarter. Not a whole lot of what you might call lockdown defense being played in this one. – 10:15 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Billy Donovan burns a timeout 46 seconds in to the 4th. San Antonio up 103-91. – 10:15 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Spurs have 30 assists on 40 FGs. Shredding the Bulls’ defense and obviously shooting well from 3. – 10:15 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Got some work to do.
DeMar DeRozan: 23 pts (10-16 FG)
Zach LaVine: 20 pts, 4 ast pic.twitter.com/5oMQBgw8Fe10:14 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Not a banner night for the Bulls’ defense. They have 91 points on 53.7% shooting through three quarters, but Spurs lead by 7. They’re shooting 52.8% (14/32 from 3) – 10:14 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs enter 16-7 when leading by 10 points in a game. – 10:14 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The Spurs made 7-3s in the 3rd quarter-up 98-91 we go to the 4th @670TheScore @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network. DeRozan and Lavine=43pts Spurs: Murray : 20-6-10. – 10:12 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls scored first basket of 3rdQ and led by 8. Now they trail by 7 heading into 4th. Spurs have hit 14 3s, Bulls 5. DeRozan with 23 pts, LaVine 20 – 10:12 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
3Q: Spurs by 7
Spurs take 3Q 35-23. That was the best defensive quarter for SA in this game.
The Spurs are winning the 3PT line 42-15 pic.twitter.com/McPsXamleB10:12 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Keldon Johnson nearly pulled off the Christian Laettner there. That was fun. – 10:11 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
15-4 San Antonio run!! 👏🔥 #GoSpursGo10:11 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Spurs 98, Bulls 91 after three.
Six Spurs have made at least one 3-pointers. Only two Bulls have made a 3: Coby White and Zach LaVine.
The 3-point line is the huge difference through three quarters…
Spurs: 14-for-32.
Bulls: 5-for-22. – 10:11 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls are 19-5 when DeRozan and LaVine each score 20 or more.
They’re there thru 3 but Bulls trail by 7 entering final frame. – 10:11 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
I appreciate White’s attempt to draw a charge there, but with 1.9 seconds remaining in the quarter and the Bulls in the bonus, maybe not the best of gambles. – 10:10 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DEEBO WITH THE VICIOUS JAM.
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/PNhZZTABEN10:07 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Tony Bradley in for Poeltl matchup. – 10:06 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are now up 39-15 from the 3PT line.
Spurs by 4 overall
Lonnie with his 3rd three tonight – 10:05 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Dejounte’s three makes the Spurs a +21 from the 3PT line – 10:04 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls down 80-79. 4 double figure scorers led by 17 of @DeMar DeRozan 5:30 left 3rd. – 10:01 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Good game between the Bulls and Spurs in San Antonio. Neither team can stop the other. – 9:53 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Not sure if DeMar and his old buddies made a no-defense pact for this game. #Bulls still shooting 59.2% from field early 3rdQ. Bulls & Spurs are tied 71-71 – 9:52 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls fans..we appreciate you listening to Bulls radio @670TheScore @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network. You are THE best Bulls Nation. Thank you. – 9:52 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Dejounte Murray leads the Spurs with 17 points now.
8 paint points
4 points from mid-range
3 points from outside
2 points from the FT line
Spurs tie the Bulls at 71 all – 9:51 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Murray has the last seven points for the Spurs, including that score-tying jumper. He’s up to 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds early in the 3Q. Triple-double watch is on, again. – 9:50 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Vooch saying review that!! – 9:49 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Vucevic wanted Donovan to challenge that foul call on him. – 9:49 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Not gonna lie: Weird not seeing Thad Young play after how good he was for Bulls last season.
ICYMI, I caught up with Thad this AM for long convo: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…9:44 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
10 retired numbers in Spurs rafters. I’ll spot two (hard?) ones: Paul Slias and Johnny Moore.
Name the rest. Will re-Tweet first correct answer. – 9:39 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Bulls shot 16 of 18 in the paint during the first half.
The Spurs only trail by 5 though because of their advantage in 3PT scoring pic.twitter.com/7OgSZ5zrcK9:39 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
DeMar DeRozan with 17 points (8-10 fgs) Coby White off the bench with 15. Bulls up 68-63 at half. Vooch with 10-4-3. Murray 10-5-8-Spurs. – 9:37 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
never give up on the play! 😤
2 steals, 1 bucket 🍪🍪🪣 pic.twitter.com/2sMDCTZvAv9:36 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Leading halfway through.
DeMar DeRozan: 17 pts (8-10 FG)
Coby White: 16 pts (6-6 FG) pic.twitter.com/NFdfrXPH3q9:34 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
I mean… this is a master at work.
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/v6nDdtrDv39:31 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Half: Bulls by 5
Spurs take the 2Q 34-33
DeRozan with 17 points in his return half to San Antonio
Spurs +9 from the 3PT line
Bulls winning the paint, mid-range, and FT line pic.twitter.com/1xQN6hA9cz9:31 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
DeMar DeRozan drops 17 points in the first half to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 68-63 lead.
Coby White (15 points) hasn’t missed a shot and Vooch (10 point) is looking confident as he builds a solid stretch of games. – 9:31 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Halftime: Bulls 68, Spurs 63.
DeMar DeRozan is putting on a show in front of his former fans (and a lot of Bulls fans) in San Antonio. He’s got 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
Coby White has 15 points off the bench and is 6-of-6 shooting. – 9:30 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls 68, Spurs 63 at half
DeRozan 17 pts; 8-10 FGs
White 15 pts; 6-6 FGs
Vucevic 10 pts
Bulls shot 63.6% – 9:30 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DeMar DeRozan is putting on a clinic right now. – 9:29 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
MONSTER of the Midrange 😤
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/BFDb68UMfE9:27 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: DeMar DeRozan is putting on a midrange clinic – 9:27 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Doug McDermott is shooting 40% from 3 on a career-high 5.1 attempts per game. – 9:26 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
13 points in the first half for DeMar DeRozan, with 8 points from the NON-PAINT TWO – 9:25 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeMar DeRozan is the king of drawing the no-landing zone foul. Man, he gets that call a lot. Buries a midrange J in somebody’s face, falls down. Sometimes, the defender did step into his landing spot. Sometimes, the defender didn’t. More often than not, DeRozan gets the call. – 9:24 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
this sequence…Dejounte Murray just such a menace. at all times. pic.twitter.com/d5kQAgZiW59:24 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls 49-46 5:53 let. Bulls: White: 13pts. Vucevic: 10-3-3 – 9:20 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Billy Donovan wants to see Ayo Dosunmu in the Rising Stars Game over the All-Star Weekend … new format and all … plus Captain LaVine speaks, and Javonte Green minute man… just one click for all this!
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/sports-saturda…9:20 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
That 10 point lead for the Bulls is gone. Spurs by 1.
San Antonio coming up with multiple stops in a row.
Murray with 6 points in a row – 9:18 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls hadn’t committed a TO before Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each got stripped on same sequence. – 9:17 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Halftime..@DeMar DeRozan joins me and we covered everything-playing at @UnitedCenter Mentoring @AyoDos_11 and @Fred VanVleet His relationship with @Zach LaVine The impact Coaches Casey( Tor.) Pop ( Spurs) ( Donovan)-Bulls – 9:16 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
Was glad to see this transcendent moment in DeRozan’s tribute video. Jakob Poeltl comforting Drew Eubanks after the unspeakable violence of a DeMar dunk in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/GcoBElJGEC9:12 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls up 41-37. 9:10 2nd. Coby with 13pts. DeRozan and Vucevic each with 8. – 9:12 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich raved about coaching Zach LaVine at the Olympics.
“I would be in awe from time to time with some of the things he would do on the court.”
For @NBCSChicago: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…9:10 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs enter 2-29 when trailing by 10 points this season.
cc @THE_BOOMSTEIN9:08 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Up early.
Coby White: 9 pts (3-3 on threes)
Nikola Vucevic: 8 pts, 3 ast pic.twitter.com/BdnwiKdxvQ9:07 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Only a six-point lead, but a strong start for the Bulls in a 35-29 points.
Coby White hits three 3-pointers and Vooch leads with 8 points. No turnovers and only allowed one offensive rebound. That’s a lot of recent problem areas shored up at the start of this game. – 9:06 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls put up 35 on the board in the 1st quarter and lead the Spurs by6. Coby with 3-3s. Vooch with 8. Bulls 61%. (4-9-3s) Spurs 0 FTA. Murray 5 assists 4 rebounds. – 9:06 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Clean 35-point first quarter without a turnover. Bulls definitely straightening up the messy ball-handling displayed against OKC and Toronto. – 9:06 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DeMar going in the bag!
@NBCSChicago | @DeMar DeRozan pic.twitter.com/mQ7w6yxYKv9:05 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
1Q: Bulls by 6
Keldon 7 pts | Coby 9 pts
McDermott 5 pts | Vucevic 8 pts
DeRozan 6 pts
Spurs are a +6 in the paint
Bulls are winning mid-range, 3PT line, and FT line – 9:05 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs down 35-29 after 1Q. Coby White leading everybody with nine points, all of it coming from 3-point land. – 9:05 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Bulls 35, Spurs 29 after one.
The Bulls didn’t have a turnover in the opening period, only the second time they’ve done that this season. The other time was Dec. 27 at Atlanta. – 9:04 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Lakers and Bulls, the two non-Texas fan bases that flood the AT&T Center when their teams are good. – 9:01 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘋𝘦𝘔𝘢𝘳 𝘋𝘦𝘙𝘰𝘻𝘢𝘯
#SpursFamily for life. pic.twitter.com/5oKr8IDBed8:59 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
First-quarter minutes for Josh Primo, recently recalled from Austin. – 8:59 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Coby from deep 🔥🔥🔥
@NBCSChicago | @CobyWhite pic.twitter.com/VACTXqHrdW8:58 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Halftime on @670TheScore @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network 1 on 1 with @DeMar DeRozan8:57 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Coby White could really use a confidence-building game from 3-point range. That could happen tonight — he’s 2-for-2 tonight after pulling up from the AT&T logo for his first deep shot. – 8:56 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Back to Back jacks by White…Bulls 27-18..4 min left 1st. Vooch 8pts 3 assists. – 8:56 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Coby White entered play 3/27 from 3 (11.1%) in last four games, but drills his first two tonight – 8:56 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Back to back 3s from Coby White and the Spurs find themselves down by 9.
Bulls now winning area on the floor except the paint – 8:55 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs are shooting 53 percent and losing by nine.
Bulls open 10 of 15 from the field, 3 of 6 from 3. – 8:55 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Back-to-back 3s from Coby White, who had been 3-for-27 over last 4 games from that distance. – 8:55 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
Tough road test tonight for your Spurs at the United Center Riverwalk. – 8:52 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
DeRozan’s first basket comes midway through the 1Q.
Pop timeout with the Bulls leading by 1
Keldon with 7 pts for SA (4 in paint, 3 from outside) – 8:50 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls 17-16 6:02 left 1st LaVine with 5. Green and Vooch with 4. Ayo 2pts 2 reb. – 8:50 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeRozan thanked the Spurs for his tribute video by not attempting a shot for 1st 6 minutes.
He just scored on his first, a driving layup, and all starters have scored. – 8:50 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls are taking on the Florida Marlins tonight… – 8:43 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
DeMar DeRozan tribute video here in San Antonio tonight. pic.twitter.com/BPlfkm984T8:41 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
As real as they come. 🙏
Welcome back to San Antonio, @DeMar DeRozan! #SpursFamily pic.twitter.com/W9F6vI0Rtc8:41 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Great DeRozan tribute video … done before the game … take notes Bulls! – 8:40 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeMar DeRozan tribute video pic.twitter.com/aG0cNz9WeH8:38 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Fans gave DeMar DeRozan a standing ovation after another nicely done Spurs video tribute. Bulls fans, and there are many here, chanted “MVP, MVP.” – 8:38 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
“Quality. Good stuff right here.” 😂
@Derrick White | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/ROSLuB2xwR8:37 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs fans (or maybe a smattering of Bulls fans) starting a brief MVP chant for DeRozan. – 8:37 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs: Murray, White, Johnson, McDermott, Poeltl
Bulls: Dosunmu, Lavine, DeRozan, Green, Vucevic – 8:30 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
When he was still at Florida, Billy Donovan came to San Antonio to spend 3 days picking the basketball brain of Gregg Popovich. There was only one rule.
“I kept calling him Coach,” Donovan said. “He told me I wasn’t going to be welcomed back if I didn’t start calling him Pop.” – 8:15 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
DeMar DeRozan returns to San Antonio as an All-Star, an honor he never earned with the Spurs. But he thinks he gained something here, and he’s proving SA was right to believe in him. expressnews.com/sports/columni… via @expressnews – 8:13 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Javonte Green’s playing-time restriction is 24-26 minutes tonight, per Billy Donovan. Will “move up incrementally” moving forward
Green was on a 22-25 minute limit in first two games back from groin strain. Played 25 vs. OKC, 24 vs. TOR – 8:10 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Zach & DeMar both wearing the “Mamba Day” Kobe 1 Protros tonight in San Antonio.
#BullsNation | #BullsKicks pic.twitter.com/MulPLALVL38:10 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Steven Adams carrying Tony Bradley has been added to the pregame hype video at FedExForum. 😂 – 8:08 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Derrick had to bring out that vintage #ULTRADrip for his Fiesta Bobblehead Night!! 💧😎 pic.twitter.com/6GNZ5Iam8v8:04 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Starters tonight against the Spurs.
@FirstAlert | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/TwTSyc3t7Z8:00 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls fans. And ⁦@AyoDos_11⁩ fans as well pic.twitter.com/EP7duy9moi7:56 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The Spurs average 14-thousand 300 fans per game…we could be looking at a near sellout tonight—there are THOUSANDS of @Chicago Bulls fans here and I am NOT exaggerating . Bulls Nation is alive and well. My goodness…Tons of red. – 7:50 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Ready for the Texas Friday night lights.
@betwayusa | #GetItLocked pic.twitter.com/duoUxrFUf17:50 PM

Mike Finger @mikefinger
Available-for-trade Thad Young gets huge hug from old teammate Zach LaVine, who dramatically places his arms in an X over the SPURS on Thad’s warm-up shirt.
Thad laughs. – 7:48 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Two more things after listening to Donovan’s pregame. The fact Lonzo Ball remains on the 6-8 week timeline is significant. As Donovan previously mentioned, surgeons didn’t fully know extent of meniscus damage until they began surgery. – 7:45 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop on civil rights leader Andrew Young, who will be the Spurs’ guest next Tuesday:
“He was there in the beginning days…and was an important figure in making sure the momentum was kept up….an iconic figure along with many others.” – 7:22 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Lonzo Ball’s meniscus surgery went well this morning, per Billy Donovan ahead of tonight’s game. Still weeks of recovery ahead for Ball before any potential return. – 7:22 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Billy Donovan says he’s spent a lot of time learning from Patriots coach Bill Belichick; did same with Popovich. #Bulls7:12 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
No such thing as a team that’s better than Spurs
No such thing, no such thing 💯
Happy Birthday @JColeNC !! 🎂 Come through for a @Derrick White bobblehead tonight! pic.twitter.com/x3V23Hzv3h7:12 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
When it’s a Friday Fiesta AND @Derrick White‘s Bobblehead Night 🙌
🆚 @Chicago Bulls
⏰ 7:30PM CT
📍 @attcenter
📺 @BallySportsSA
📻 @1200WOAI, @kxtn1350 AM & 107.5 FM HD 2 pic.twitter.com/q7R1ZMA5EO7:12 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop said Zach LaVine was a “hell of a lot of fun” in Tokyo:
“The thing I remember most about him, and I can almost quote him, is he’ say, “Pop, just tell me what you want me to do and I am going to do it.’ He must have told me that 10 times…and he followed through on it.” – 7:08 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He’s played incredibly well for us the whole entire year.” – Coach Donovan on DeMar DeRozan being selected as an All-Star starter last night – 7:03 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“I think it’s between 24 and 26 (minutes)” – Coach Billy Donovan on Javonte Green being on a minutes restriction – 7:02 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Lonzo Ball surgery had no surprises, went well. Per Billy Donovan. – 7:01 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on coaching Zach LaVine at Olympics: “He was a helluva lot of fun. And he was so important to what we did.” – 6:58 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop calls DeMar DeRozan “one of my favorite guys of all time.” – 6:49 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on DeMar DeRozan: “Super human being in every way, shape and form.” – 6:49 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
#Spurs notebook leads off with a look at the playing-time roller coaster Drew Eubanks is on, and how he made the most of late, limited minutes vs. Memphis.
“That’s just kind of what my calling card is, coming in, bringing energy, staying ready,” he said
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…6:43 PM
Jim Lefko @jimlefko
San Antonio’s LGBTQ community is upset with the rule preventing some men – like @CouncilmanJalen @theloserteacher – from donating blood. The FDA still has a 3-month waiting period for sexually active gay men before they can donate: news4sanantonio.com/news/local/lgb…6:37 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
1️⃣0️⃣ makes his return to the @attcenter tonight!
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/IsVPHuHRst5:51 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls ball in San Antonio ⁦@Chicago Bulls⁩ 7:15 pre ⁦@670TheScore⁩ pic.twitter.com/FIqMycLlIf5:31 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Whether on or off the court, Derrick’s impact on San Antonio is undeniable 🖤
As the ambassador for @MorgansWndrlnd and the Spurs Inclusive Sports League, @Derrick White shares the importance of inclusivity in sports and the inspiration behind his bobblehead. pic.twitter.com/ecav2sN6SG5:07 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
A huge game in the MAC is on tap Friday as Buffalo hosts Ohio U. for the first time since the schools played for a conference tournament title and automatic bid last March. Here’s a pick on the battle between Bobcats and Bulls from the @WagerTalk College Basketball Tip-Off Show: pic.twitter.com/Wir37CZPkO3:45 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
today’s episode of open floor is with brother @Chris Herring. we talked about the dysfunctional nets, zach lavine disrespect, a fascinating fake trade between the celtics and nuggets, and more!
link.chtbl.com/open-floor?sid…3:28 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs vs. Heat on Feb. 3 at AT&T Center will be broadcast on CW35/GOAI-TV, Spurs announce. – 3:24 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
A year ago, Thad Young was playing his “Thadgic” role for the Bulls. Now, he’s on outside of Spurs’ youth movement, looking in.
Sat down with the always candid veteran to talk about the above, LaVine, DeRozan and what’s next.
For ⁦@NBCSChicago⁩: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…3:15 PM

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