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Sliding Bulls rally from big early deficit vs. Spurs but can’t hold lead

The Bulls worked all the way back from a 20-point deficit.

And then their lead vanished into the night.

The result was a frustrating 119-100 loss Sunday to the Spurs, the Bulls’ ninth loss in 12 games.

This one was particularly demoralizing considering the circumstances. LaMarcus Aldridge hit his first 11 from the field as the Spurs opened a 30-10 lead.

“I didn’t see this coming,” said Aldridge, originally drafted second overall by the Bulls in 2006 and traded to the Trail Blazers on draft day. “Some days you wake up with that extra energy, that extra juice. That wasn’t today. I was up at 9 a.m. doing Christmas with the family. I was scared I wouldn’t have juice.”

The Bulls’ defensive game plan called for allowing long two-pointers, a strategy that worked two weeks ago at the United Center. The Bulls won that game 95-91 as Aldridge shot 5-for-15.

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