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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The San  Antonio Spurs showed why they own 
the  league's  best record  on Tuesday  with a dismantling  of a Chicago Bull
team fresh off one of their signature wins of the season. 

Manu  Ginobili scored  a team-high 22 points  as the Spurs raced out to a huge 
lead and picked up a 104-96 win whose final score skewed the one-sided affair. 

Tony  Parker donated 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 
16 points and nine rebounds and Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli contributed 10 
points apiece off the bench. 

San  Antonio,  which shot  61 percent  from the  field en  route to a 28-point 
halftime  lead, has  reeled off seven straight wins and improved to 14-3 since 
the start of February. 

"Best  first half we have played in a long time. Hopefully we are not peaking. 
It's not the right time," Ginobili said. 

Chicago  took  a step back following  Sunday's thrilling overtime win over the 
two-time  champion  Miami Heat.  D.J. Augustin scored  24 points, Jimmy Butler 
added 23 and Joakim Noah netted 13 with eight rebounds and seven assists. 

The Bulls  came in  tied with  Indiana for the  league's best scoring defense 
(92.2 ppg), and the Spurs chewed them up for 38 points in the opening quarter. 

Parker  outscored Chicago  single-handedly,  16-14, and  Leonard and  Ginobili 
added  10  and eight points, respectively,  as the threesome combined to shoot 
13-of-16 (81.3 percent) from the field in the lopsided start. 

Chicago missed 10 of its first 12 shots and found itself trailing 38-14 before 
the second quarter even commenced. 

San  Antonio's bench  picked up right where  its starters left off to open the 
second, as Belinelli drained two 3-pointers, Mills hit another and Aron Baynes 
added consecutive buckets for a commanding 51-19 cushion. 

Thanks  to  10 third-quarter points  from Ginobili, the Spurs maintained their 
comfortable  advantage the  rest of  the way  as both  benches emptied  in the 
fourth, which began with the visitors holding a 90-66 advantage. 

"There's nothing to take (from a game) when you get down by 30 and then make a 
run  at the  end. We've  got to  get  it figured  out," Bulls  head coach  Tom 
Thibodeau said. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Spurs lost  at home to the Bulls, 96-86, on Jan. 29, though Ginobili and 
Leonard  both  missed that  contest ... The  Spurs' last loss  came Feb. 21 at 
Phoenix ... San Antonio is 9-3 in its last 12 trips to Chicago ... San Antonio 
shot  12-of-21 from 3-point range ... The Bulls made twice as many free throws 
(24-12). 

 
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