Murray, Spurs spoil DeRozan’s return, beat Bulls 131-122

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Dejounte Murray had 29 points and 12 helps and the Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 131-122 in DeMar DeRozan’s go back to San Antonio on Friday night.

DeRozan, who invested the previous 3 seasons with the Spurs, scored 32 points in his very first video game in San Antonio for the Bulls. Zach LaVine included 30 points and Nikola Vucevic had 18.

Keldon Johnson included 23 points for San Antonio, which snapped a three-game house losing streak. Jakob Poeltl included 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Murray had 9 rebounds.

DeRozan was showered with gratitude by the fans in addition to his previous colleagues and coaches. His only 3-pointer pared San Antonio’s cause 124-120, however Chicago dedicated a turnover on its next belongings to assist the Spurs remain in front.

San Antonio constructed a 13-point cause open the 4th quarter, its biggest benefit at the time. Chicago went on a 9-2 pursue DeRozan returned to the video game.

DeRozan was almost removed from behind by Murray as the Spurs double-teamed him to avoid a chance at completion of the very first half. DeRozan kept his dribble and composure, shooting a pass to Javonte Green alone under the basket for a layup at the buzzer.

DeRozan ended up with 8 helps and 6 rebounds while dedicating simply one turnover.

Following DeRozan’s monstrous slam over Drew Eubanks, Murray and Lonnie Walker IV struck successive 3-pointers to offer the Spurs an 89-85 lead with 3 minutes staying in the 3rd quarter.

The Spurs, who lead the league in helps at 27.8 per video game, had 35 versus the Bulls. 7 gamers scored in double figures for San Antonio.

Chicago’s Coby White went 6 for 6 from the field in the very first half, consisting of 3 for 3 on 3-pointers, to score 15 points. He ended up with 18.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago point player Lonzo Ball had arthroscopic surgical treatment on his left knee Friday. Coach Billy Donovan stated the schedule for Ball’s return stays 6 to 8 weeks. … The Bulls stay without Alex Caruso (fractured left wrist), Derrick Jones Jr. (hyperextended best knee) and Patrick Williams (torn ligament in left wrist). … San Antonio honored DeRozan with a homage video revealing his highlights on the court and work in the neighborhood. Fans offered DeRozan a long ovation and showered him with ”MVP” chants after the video. DeRozan made a beeline for San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich prior to tip-off and the 2 shared a long welcome and some words prior to DeRozan took the court. … The Bulls are 13-12 on the roadway.

Spurs: Murray has at least 10 helps in 6 straight video games, the second-best such streak in franchise history and the longest in the NBA this season. … San Antonio assistant Mitch Johnson returned after missing out on 5 video games while in the league’s health and wellness procedures. … F Keita Bates-Diop stays out in health and wellness procedures. … The Spurs enhanced to 10-16 in the house.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Portland on Sunday.

Spurs: At Phoenix on Sunday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.