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Basketball: Shorthanded Spurs still too much for Bulls

Published on Feb 12, 2013 4:20 PM
 
San Antonio Spurs' Nando de Colo (left) goes for the basket against Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago on Feb 11, 2013. The Spurs took to the court without three of their top scorers to face Chicago on Monday but still had too much fire power for the Bulls, pulling out a 103-89 victory to pick up their 13th win in 14 games. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - The San Antonio Spurs took to the court without three of their top scorers to face Chicago on Monday but still had too much fire power for the Bulls, pulling out a 103-89 victory to pick up their 13th win in 14 games.

Tony Parker (knee), Tim Duncan (knee) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring) all sat out for San Antonio, who own the best record in the National Basketball Association at 41-12, but a career-best 26 points from Kawhi Leonard and 18 from Danny Green kept the Spurs machine rolling.

"All of us are basketball players here, we're competitive,"Leonard told reporters of the Spurs, who were also without Stephen Jackson for personal reasons.

"That's why we play the game. If we go in doubting ourselves, we're already beat."