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Chicago Bulls

Dunn, Markkanen rally Bulls late to beat Spurs

Bulls forward Bobby Portis celebrates during the final seconds Saturday in San Antonio.
Bulls forward Bobby Portis celebrates during the final seconds Saturday in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO – Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23, and the Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the San Antonio Spurs, 98-93, on Saturday night.

The rally snapped the Bulls’
three-game skid and ended San Antonio’s four-game winning streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which dominated the first half. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points.

Bobby Portis’ nine-foot jumper with 1:39 remaining in the game gave the Bulls their first lead since a pair of one-point advantages in the opening two minutes of the game.

Dunn added six points in the final
40 seconds to complete the come-from-behind victory for a Bulls team that struggled to gain any momentum in the first half.

Aldridge scored six of the Spurs’ first eight points and reached double figures seven minutes into the game.

San Antonio guard Marco Belinelli, who finished with 12 points, made his first four 3-pointers and finished 4 of 5.

The Spurs led, 62-43, entering the second half but promptly committed four turnovers in the opening two minutes of the third quarter. The miscues only trimmed the lead to 64-48, but prompted an early timeout by an agitated Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs committed seven turnovers in the second half.

Ryan Arcidiacono finished with
12 points for the Bulls.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Coach Jim Boylen was an assistant coach under Popovich from 2013 to 2015. ... Guard Zach LaVine did not travel with the Bulls, missing the game with an injured left ankle. ... Forward Jabari Parker was in uniform but did not play.

Spurs: Belinelli has twice made seven 3-pointers in a game this season, the most recent Nov. 19 at New Orleans. ... They entered the game shooting
83 percent on free throws, which would be the second-best total in league history if it stands. Boston set the league mark by shooting 83.2 percent in 1990.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Host Oklahoma City on Monday night.

Spurs: Host Philadelphia on Monday night.

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