Steph propels Golden State past the Bulls (San Francisco, CA) – After losing to San Antonio on Saturday, Bulls analyst Will Perdue said that their game tonight versus the Warriors is a “must-win”. Chicago will face the Suns, Jazz and the Nets in their next three games so he just might be right.
Golden State will have arguably the best shooter of all-time, Stephen Curry, back in the lineup. Curry had missed the past five games due to a bruised tailbone. For Chicago, Coby White will be missing the first game of his career because of neck spasms. Daniel Theis will make his debut for the Bulls, and Thaddeus Young will also be replacing Lauri Markannen in the starting lineup.
Warriors make 11 three’s, lead after 1st half
Nikola Vučević got off to a great start for the Bulls, as he scored or assisted on 12 of the team’s first 16 points. Behind two three’s from Curry, the Warriors went up 19-16 with 5.5 minutes left in the 1st. Vučević and Patrick Williams led Chicago with 15 total points in the 1st, while Curry had 13 points for Golden State. The Warriors led 34-29 going into the 2nd quarter.
LaVine scored his first five points in the 2nd, which Markannen matched with 5 of his own early in the quarter. This tied the game at 41, with 7 minutes remaining. Behind three straight three-pointers from Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Curry, Golden State gained some separation. They led 61-56 with 1 minute left in the half. Going into the 2nd half, the Warriors led 65-60.
The 1st half was an offensive showcase for both teams, as Golden State shot 26/50(52%) from the field and Chicago shot 27/45(60%). Both teams also passed the ball well, as they had 20 and 22 assists respectively. The Golden State lead was largely because they made 11 three’s, compared to only 5 for the Bulls.
Steph leads Warriors 3rd quarter surge
Chicago outscored Golden State 7-2 in the first two minutes of the 3rd quarter, to tie the game again at 67. Curry later hit a three with 5.5 minutes remaining in the quarter, which gave the Warriors their largest lead at 80-73. Williams then hit consecutive mid-range jumpers for the Bulls to keep them close at 80-78. The Warriors responded with a 16-7 run and led 96-85 going into the 4th. Steph scored 14 of his 32 points in the quarter.
Warriors end 4 game losing streak, beat the Bulls
Golden State extended their lead in the beginning of the 4th, despite Curry being on the bench. They went up 111-93 with 5.5 minutes left in the game. Chicago wasn’t able to comeback from this deficit, as Golden State won the game 116-102.
After shooting 60% in the first half, the Bulls only shot 44% in the 2nd half. The Warriors never cooled off from the 1st half and also made 16 threes compared to the Bulls only making six. Curry led the Warriors with 32 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, with Wiggins adding 21 points.
Vučević led the Bulls with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Golden State (23-24) will face the Miami Heat (23-24) on Thursday at 7pm CT.
Chicago (19-26) will hope to end their 4 game losing streak against the Suns on Wednesday at 9pm CT.
Steph propels Golden State past the Bulls