SAN ANTONIO—The Spurs normally rely on their depth to get through the rigors of a lengthy regular season, but their leaning on their reserves earlier than usual after multiple injuries.No more so than Saturday night, when San Antonio was without a third of its roster.Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the short-handed Spurs beat the Bulls 133-94, setting a season-high in points despite missing six players.Dejounte Murray added 17 points and fellow second-year player Davis Bertans had 16 points in 18 minutes for San Antonio.The Bulls lost rookie forward Lauri Markkanen to a sprained left ankle late in the first half. The severity of the injury is unknown, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.The Spurs were without three starters and two key reserves. In addition to Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, who have yet to play this season due to quadriceps injuries, San Antonio was also without Danny Green. Manu Ginobili rested on the second night of a back-to-back. The Spurs still had the depth to hand the rebuilding Bulls their fourth straight loss.
”Having people out and having lost the last game at home last night, I guess you’re (playing) more with an edge,” Gasol said.
San Antonio raced to a 30-8 lead in the opening quarter, extending the margin to 22 points at the close of the period.The Bulls shot 35 percent and did not have any fastbreak points in the first quarter while the Spurs had eight.