Manu Ginobili came off the bench to score 22 points and point guard Tony Parker added 20 as the San Antonio Spurs notched a 104-96 road victory over the Chicago Bulls to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Ginobili was the Spurs' high scorer despite playing just 21 minutes in Tuesday night's game at the United Center in Chicago, knocking down nine of his 11 shots from the field, including four of his five 3-point attempts.
The Spurs all but wrapped up the victory in the first 12 minutes, shredding the Bulls' vaunted defense to take a 38-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich took advantage of the big lead to rest veteran power forward Tim Duncan and his other players, all of whom played fewer than 30 minutes on Tuesday night.
Despite rallying late and outscoring San Antonio 30-14 in the fourth quarter to make the final score respectable, Chicago dug itself too big of a hole against last season's NBA runner-up.
Parker added nine assists and forward Kawhi Leonard pitched in with 16 points and nine rebounds as the Spurs improved their record to 47-16, tops in the NBA.
The Bulls, who came out flat after an emotional win Sunday over the two-time NBA defending champion Miami Heat, fell to 35-29 and remain in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
D.J. Augustin scored 24 points in a losing effort, while shooting guard Jimmy Butler added 23 for Chicago.
Center Joakim Noah was the only other Bulls player in double figures, scoring 13 points.
In other games Tuesday night, the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers got back on track with a 94-83 win over the Boston Celtics, the Detroit Pistons topped the Sacramento Kings 99-89, and the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 112-101.
In a clash of Western Conference titans, the Oklahoma City Thunder got 42 points from MVP candidate Kevin Durant to best the surging Houston Rockets 106-98, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-99, and the Golden State Warriors used a strong defensive effort to rout the Dallas Mavericks 108-85. EFE