Tony Parker's work in paint fuels Spurs

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Tony Parker tied his season high with 16 points in the paint.Tony Parker was effective in the paint Sunday, reversing a nearly season-long trend and helping the San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 116-105.

Parker scored a season-high 32 points, including 16 in the paint. The 16 paint points tied his season high from that area of the court.

Tony Parker In The Paint, This Season

He entered the game averaging 6.1 points in the paint per game, his fewest since 2001-02, his first NBA season, when he averaged 3.9 per game in the paint and a career-low 9.2 per game overall.

Parker scored eight of his paint points on drives. He entered the game scoring 5.3 points per game on drives.

Parker’s recent nose for the basket might be something to watch. In the Spurs’ win over the Nuggets on Friday, he was 7-of-11 from the paint, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, which noted that his 11 shots from that area were a season high.

Turnovers turn into transition points for Spurs

Transition Offense, Sunday

The Spurs scored seven transition points in the first quarter, and their transition game became more productive as the game went on. They finished with 38 transition points, 15 of them off Bulls turnovers. The Spurs entered the game scoring 12.8 transition points per game, the third-fewest in the NBA.

Better ball movement with Leonard

The Spurs outscored the Bulls by 17 points with Kawhi Leonard on the court. They had 13 assists to four turnovers with him on the court, compared with one assist and three turnovers with him on the bench.

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The Spurs improved to 15-1 this season when Leonard and Parker combine for at least 30 points. They had 52 against the Bulls.

While Parker set his season high for points Sunday, teammate Tim Duncan had a career-low mark. He was 0-for-8 from the field. It was the first time in 1,311 games that Duncan did not make a field goal.