Aldridge's season-high 33 help Spurs hold off Bulls

December 28, 2016


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


In fact, San Antonio likes it when the 6-foot-11 forward gets a little aggressive, and his performance Sunday showed why.


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


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


Aldridge made his first 11 attempts, finishing 15 for 20 from the field.


"He's aggressive every night," said Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. "He's doing his job."


With Aldridge rolling, Leonard hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 14-3 lead. Aldridge and Leonard combined for 41 points in the opening period, but the Bulls kept pace with a balanced scoring effort fueled by their bench.


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