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Spurs win first Christmas home game by topping Bulls

Chicago Bulls v San Antonio Spurs

SAN ANTONIO,TX - DECEMBER 25: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks in front of Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls at AT&T Center on December 25, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

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LaMarcus Aldridge drained a jumper, backpedaled onto defense and tripped over an opponent’s legs – right into a reverse somersault that placed him back on his feet.

If the Spurs seemed upside down after Tim Duncan’s retirement, it hasn’t taken them long to right themselves.

And reach new heights.

LaMarcus Aldridge (33 points and nine rebounds) and Kawhi Leonard (25 points and 10 rebounds) led San Antonio to a 119-100 win over the Bulls today, the Spurs’ first Christmas home win in franchise history. San Antonio was 0-2, losing to the Thunder in 2014 and Rockets in 2013.

Aided by Aldridge’s pre-tumble shot, the Spurs raced to a 17-2 lead. Though Chicago fought back, San Antonio added 8-0 and 12-0 runs to pull away.

“I was just catching and shooting,” said Aldridge, who made his first 11 shots. “Coach has been telling me to try to find my shot more.”

The Spurs (25-6) move within 1.5 games of the Warriors (27-5), who lost to the Cavaliers earlier today.

Dwyane Wade led the Bulls with 24 points.