Warriors dump Bulls
OAKLAND, Calif.—Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and Klay Thompson scored 22 points, as the undermanned Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 down in the first half to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-87 last night.
With big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee sidelined with injuries, Golden State’s streaky backcourt tandem found its shooting stroke after falling behind 34-18 in the second quarter.
Taj Gibson had 26 points and 13 rebounds filling in for Carlos Boozer while Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points as Chicago dropped to 2-3 on its road trip, which ends Sunday at the L.A. Lakers.
The Warriors shot 48.2 percent, including 50 percent from three-point range, and got 11 points apiece from reserves Harrison Barnes and Jordan Crawford to go ahead 91-77 with 4:54 left.
The loss also dropped Chicago (24-25), which shot 41.6 percent, below .500.
The Warriors seemed to hit a low point during a 91-75 home loss to Charlotte on Tuesday night in which they shot just 31.2 percent from the floor—the franchise’s lowest mark since November, 2004—and often looked lost and lethargic.
Despite Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson’s best efforts to keep calm, optimism seemed to dwindle even more when he revealed just 90 minutes before facing the Chicago Bulls that Bogut (shoulder stiffness) and Lee (sprained left shoulder and strained left hip) would not play.
Lee also will sit out Saturday at Phoenix, Jackson said.
But the Warriors (30-20) still managed to match their record through 50 games last season, when they finished 47-35 to earn the Western Conference’s sixth playoff seed.
They were no doubt helped when the Bulls announced just minutes before tipoff that Boozer would be out with a strained left calf.
Brooklyn beat San Antonio 103-89 in the only other NBA game yesterday.