Parker Sparks Spurs to OT Win in Chicago
San Antonio 104, Chicago 95 (OT)
CHICAGO, Nov. 7 (Ticker) -- Tony Parker played like a true champion in overtime.
Parker scored eight of his 22 points in the extra period to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-95 win over the Chicago Bulls.
"It was a great game, the Bulls never gave up," Duncan said. "They did a great job of denying me the ball, we just showed great composure in the overtime."
Parker's biggest play came late in overtime when he acted as if he was going to call a timeout and then drove past Chris Duhon and converted a layup to give the Spurs a 100-95 lead with 2:06 remaining.
"Pop (Coach Gregg Popovich) always gives me the freedom to keep going to the basket if he calls a timeout," Parker said. "Tonight, I had a great opportunity to make that happen and it worked out."
After Ben Gordon turned the ball over with just over a minute left, Manu Ginobili found Duncan for a jumper to increase the advantage to 102-95 with 41.3 seconds to play.
"Overtime games like this build confidence and character," Duncan said. "We need games like this to prove we are a different team than last year."
The Bulls managed only four points in overtime. Second-year swingman Luol Deng collected 19 points and six rebounds and Gordon added 13 points for Chicago.
"I just wish we played better in the overtime," Deng said.
Ginobili had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 boards while reserve Nazr Mohammed chipped in with 15 points for San Antonio.
The Spurs' reserves were outscored, 45-32, but the win was their fifth straight in Chicago.
"The Bulls executed better than we did tonight," Popovich said. "We did show our experience in the overtime and got some big shots to fall."