Too much Aldridge for Bulls

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By ASSOCIATED PRESS in San An­to­nio

The Spurs de­mand selfless play from the en­tire ros­ter — ex­cept LaMar­cus Aldridge.

In fact, San An­to­nio likes it when the 6-foot-10 for­ward gets a lit­tle ag­gres­sive — and his per­for­mance on Sun­day showed why.

Aldridge had a sea­son-high 33 points and the Spurs held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 119-100 on Christ­mas Day af­ter nearly blow­ing a hot start.

“When a player goes off like LaMar­cus did to­day, it opens things up,” said Spurs cen­ter Pau Ga­sol. “It def­i­nitely cre­ates an im­pact right away.”

Chicago ral­lied from a 20-point deficit to lead by three mid­way through the third quar­ter but could not sus­tain the push, tak­ing its third straight loss.

Aldridge had his sec­ond-high­est scor­ing out­put since join­ing the Spurs ahead of last sea­son. He made his first nine at­tempts while scor­ing 20 points in the open­ing pe­riod, his most in any quar­ter with the Spurs.

Aldridge has strug­gled at times to man­age his ag­gres­sion with coach Gregg Popovich’s “good-togreat” shot phi­los­o­phy, but he found a bal­ance against the Bulls.

“Pop is very picky on what is a good shot at times,” Aldridge said.

“Of course, I have a lit­tle lee­way, but it’s tough for me be­cause I al­ways feel like I’m open even when a guy’s guard­ing me. I’m try­ing not to be my­self as much to take those tough shots.”

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