LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Chicago Bulls for a 108-107 victory on Monday night.
DeMar DeRozan had 21 points and Patty Mills finished with 17 as San Antonio improved to 2-1 on a four-game trip. Bryn Forbes made three of the Spurs’ 10 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.
Chicago had two chances to go in front in the final seconds and came up empty each time. Zach LaVine was short on a 3-point try from the top of the key, and Ryan Arcidiacono missed a jumper as time expired.
LaVine scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth, but the Bulls lost for the seventh time in eight games. Arcidiacono finished with a career-high 22 points, Jabari Parker had 18 and Justin Holiday added 17.
LaVine made two foul shots to give Chicago a 101-98 lead with 5:58 left. But San Antonio responded with a 10-0 run.
Aldridge started the decisive sequence with a fadeaway jumper. Derrick White made a go-ahead 3-pointer and DeRozan had a slick reverse layup before Aldridge punctuated the spurt with a three-point play on a drive and jam with 2:13 remaining.
Spurs: Jakob Poeltl had 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
Bulls: F Lauri Markkanen (sprained right elbow) has been cleared to “fully participate in practice” on Tuesday, coach Fred Hoiberg said. If that goes well, a timeline for Markkanen’s return could come into focus. “Hopefully he feels great and keeps making progress and we can get him out on the floor soon,” Hoiberg said. … G Kris Dunn (left MCL sprain) and F Bobby Portis (right MCL sprain) could participate in the non-contact portions of practice on Tuesday. “So they’re going to kind of get on the same path as what Lauri has gone through the last couple of weeks, to start integrating themselves back into the team,” Hoiberg said. … Rookie F Chandler Hutchison returned after missing three games because of back spasms.
Spurs: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night. The Spurs beat the Timberwolves 112-108 in their season opener on Oct. 17.
Bulls: Open a four-game trip at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Source: The Associated Press