SAN ANTONIO - Not that it mattered in the end, but just to get it out of the way early: The Spurs were missing six players when they took on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
As the late, great Darrell Royal would say, there were a lot of empty saddles on the San Antonio bench.
But the Silver and Black, who shot a scorching 60 percent and hit 18 three-pointers, got double-figure scoring from eight players and led from wire to wire in a 133-94 blowout.
The victory came after a 94-87 San Antonio loss to Milwaukee on Friday night and capped a six-game home stand. The Spurs, who went 4-2 in the home stand, play at Dallas on Tuesday night.
"It was pretty good," center Pau Gasol said of the home stand. "We started out with a tough loss against Golden State. We know how difficult they are as a team to play against. Last night was the one we should've, could've gotten, and we didn't. But, overall, we took care of business the rest of the games and now we go on the road."
The Spurs opened the home stand with a 20-point loss to the defending champion Warriors, but bounced back with wins against the Hornets, Suns and Clippers before falling to the Bucks.
Gasol set the pace for the Spurs against the Bulls, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs.
The Silver and Black (8-5) put the Bulls (2-9) on their heels with red-hot shooting Saturday night, making 51 of 85 shots from the field and nailing 18 of 27 attempts (66.7 percent) from the three-point line.
David Bertans scored 16 points off the bench and buried 5 of 6 three-pointers. Pau Gasol, who led all scorers with 21 points, Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul each finished with three treys. Forbes, who scored 13 points, started for Danny Green, who missed the game with a sore hamstring.
The Spurs led by 22 (37-15) after one quarter and went ahead by 25 in the second before the Bulls showed some signs of life.
Chicago cut the deficit to 10, 57-47, with 2:20 left in the half, but that's as close as it got. San Antonio scored the last six points of the second quarter to go up 63-47 at halftime, and was led 97-70 heading into the fourth quarter.
Gasol had one of his best games of the season, also had a game-high 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. He nailed 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, anddished out four assists.
Dejounte Murray (17), Bertans, Rudy Gay (15) and Brandon Paul (15) came off the bench to give the offense a boost with a combined 63 points. The Spurs bench scored 67 points, one more than the starting five.l
LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson were the two other starters in double figures. Patty Mills (4) was the only starter who didn't hit double digits.
Besides Green, the Spurs also played without Manu Ginobili (rest), Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy), Tony Parker (left quadriceps surgery), Joffrey Lauvergne (sprained right ankle) and Derrick White (fractured right wrist).
Robin Lopez (17) was the only Bulls starter who scored in double figures. Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.