CHICAGO — Tim Duncan was dressed in street clothes, with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili joining him on the bench. San Antonio’s three biggest stars got up occasionally to cheer on their teammates, but that was the extent of their contribution on Monday.
On this night, the NBA-best Spurs did just fine without them.
Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points and Danny Green scored 18, leading short-handed San Antonio to an impressive 103-89 victory against the Chicago Bulls.
“One would hope that you could play with anybody in your system, but it was a tough challenge for them tonight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “And I couldn’t be more proud of what they did.”
Parker, Duncan and Ginobili were all out with injuries, and swingman Stephen Jackson also missed the game due to “personal business,” according to the team. With Duncan on the sideline, the Spurs were outrebounded 49-26, including a whopping 17-2 deficit on the offensive glass.
And San Antonio still managed to win, largely because of 19 Chicago turnovers that the Spurs turned into 29 points.
Former University of Washington star Nate Robinson led the Bulls 20 points.