Warriors run Circles around the Chicago Bulls, Win 143-94
After an embarrassing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors (13-5) traveled back home to the Bay to face the Chicago Bulls (3-13). The Warriors were looking to rebound after their loss to OKC, but they would have to do so without Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Durant would sit out the game resting his sprained ankle, and Draymond Green would be out with scheduled rest. Starting in their place would be Omri Casspi, and Jordan Bell. Jordan Bell was bought by the Warriors from the Bulls, and set out to show the city of Chicago what they could have had. The Warriors went on to win the game, 143-94.
The Warriors saw the worst shooting team in the NBA shoot 52.6% in the first quarter. The Warriors also shot the ball well, at 57.1%, but the Bulls outscored the Warriors because they shot five more free throws than the Warriors. Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring in the first quarter, with nine points. Zaza Pachulia was close behind with seven points. The Bulls were led with help from a strong first quarter by Denzel Valentine, who had 10 points. The Bulls were playing at the Warriors’ pace in the first quarter, and while the Warriors played good defense, picking up four steals and two blocks, the Bulls were able to hang in because of their solid shooting. The Bulls led after the first quarter, 32-29.
The second quarter saw Stephen Curry go crazy, and by the time the half ended, he had 31 points on 9-13 shooting. The Bulls saw their shooting percentage plummet from 52.6% to 42.6%, while the Warriors’ percentage rose to 58.7%. The story of the quarter though, was Stephen Curry. He only played five minutes in the first quarter, after picking up two fouls, he had to sit the rest of the quarter. He came back in the second quarter with a vengeance, dropping 26 points, to finish the half with 31 points. Only one other Warrior finished the half with double-digit scoring, and that was Klay Thompson with 14 points. Zaza Pachulia also had a nice half in terms of scoring, finishing with nine points while going 3-3 from the field. The Warriors led at halftime, 74-53.
In the third quarter, the Warriors continued to punish the Bulls for having the audacity to take a lead in the first quarter. They continued their explosion from the second quarter by adding 36 more points to their total. Klay Thompson carried most of the load, ending the third quarter with 29 points. The Warriors’ shooting percentage was basically the same as it was throughout the first half, while the Bulls’ percentage continued to plummet, and at the end of the third, it stood at 32.9%. Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia both joined Klay and Steph in double-digit scoring, and the Warriors led after the third, 110-66.
The fourth quarter was just garbage time for the Warriors, as many of them are. The Warriors bench managed to build the lead even higher though, scoring 33 points in the final quarter. Nick Young went off in the fourth quarter, finishing with 17 points, and launching some absurd shots. Jordan Bell also finished off the fourth quarter after starting the first game of his career. The Warriors went on to win the game 143-94. 143 points is the most points the Warriors have scored this season.
My major takeaway from this game is that I never want to see Jordan Bell inactive again. Before tonight, he had played 15 minutes in his last six games. Tonight, he was great, scoring seven points, while grabbing six rebounds, dishing out four assists, snatching two steals, and blocking six shots. He has been better than Kevon Looney throughout this whole season, and he should be playing more than he has been.
It was nice to see the Warriors dominate a team like this again, because they hadn’t played that well on their recent road trip. While this game was against the Chicago Bulls, who are the worst team in the NBA, it was still fantastic to see the Warriors run it up on someone.
Several Warriors had big games, and the most important of which was Klay Thompson, who scored 29 points after scoring just nine points in OKC on Wednesday. It is very important for Klay to get going and stay hot for several games in a row, and it will be especially important when they play tomorrow night against the Pelicans.
The Warriors finished the game shooting 58.2% from the field, including 44.4% from three. In the second and third quarters, the Warriors outscored the Bulls, 81-34. The Warriors also got to the free throw line 21 times, and made all 21 of their shots. Turnovers are normally a problem for the Warriors, but they had just 11 turnovers while dishing out 36 assists.
The Warriors play next tomorrow night against the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland at 5:30 p.m.