As star-deficient as they could possibly be and still qualify as an NBA team, the Spurs finished off a 103-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

About 35 minutes later, man of the hour Kawhi Leonard emerged from the United Center showers and slowly began to dress.

Michael Jordan-brand sweatshirt. Jordan-brand jacket. And, of course, a black pair of Jordan’s signature shoes on his feet.

Squint at him just right in that moment, there in the bowels of Jordan’s old home arena and maybe, just maybe, Leonard began to look a little like …

Let’s not go there.

For four stunning quarters, the Spurs were happy enough just to have Kawhi Leonard be himself.

Finding himself the Spurs’ top scoring option through attrition Monday, the second-year small forward put in a career-high 26 points, ringleading a victory over the Eastern Conference’s fourth-best team that came with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and now Tony Parker sidelined.

Then, Leonard shrugged off the accomplishment altogether.

“All of us are basketball players here,” Leonard said. “We’re competitive. That’s why we play the game. If we go in doubting ourselves, we’re already beat.”

Nobody would have blamed the Spurs had they settled for a moral victory Monday instead of an actual one.

When Parker came out of a 35-minute stint at Brooklyn the night before with swelling in his right knee, coach Gregg Popovich had no qualms sitting him next to Duncan and Ginobili, who were already out.

“With what he’s been doing for us, it’s kind of ignorant to say, ‘Go out there anyway,’” Popovich said.

In addition, backup forward Stephen Jackson left the road trip after Sunday’s game to deal with a personal issue.

Down to 10 healthy players, the Spurs did what they always seem to when faced with such adversity. They buckled up, played with whoever happened to be in uniform and ran their NBA-best record to 41-12.

In the end, they got the win they nearly earned Nov. 29 in Miami, when Popovich sent his Big Three plus Danny Green home to rest, drawing the team a $250,000 fine from the NBA.