The Warriors rebound from the loss in Sacramento, defeat the Chicago Bulls

February 8, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland – The Golden State Warriors, still smarting from a loss to the Sacramento Kings last Saturday, returned to Oracle Arena and defeated the Chicago Bulls 123-92. The Bulls, coached by Fred Hoiberg, were missing two big guns, Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade. Butler is dealing with a heel issue, and Wade was not feeling well. The Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia and David West were not available. West has a fractured thumb, and Pachulia injured his rotator cuff diving for a loose ball.

The Warriors led, for the most part, wire to wire. The Bulls tied the game twice early in the first quarter. With the score tied at 11, the Dubs finished the first quarter on a 19-6 run to lead 30-17. JaVale McGee led the Dubs with 8 points in the period. The Bulls played well in the second and third quarters. The Dubs outscored Chicago by just one point in the second quarter and finished the half leading 55-41. The Dubs scored 31 in the third but Chicago was able to stay close as they scored 29 and trailed 86-70 after three, The Warriors blew the game open in the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson got hot, and the Dubs were able to cruise to a 31-point win.

Game Notes and Stats. With the win, the Dubs are now 44-8 for the season. Chicago falls to 26-27. Kevin Durant returned to form Wednesday night. Durant had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block. Klay Thompson had a big night, too. Thompson put in 28 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds. Draymond Green made 5 3-point shots and finished the night with 19 points. 6 assists, 8 rebounds. Steph Curry and JaVale McGee kicked in with 13 apiece. Kevon Looney, coming off the bench had 10. Briante Weber, making his NBA debut, scored a bucket late in the fourth quarter for his first two points as a Dub. Robin Lopez led the Bulls with 17. Taj Gibson (15), Jerian Grant (12), Rajon Rondo (12) and Nikola Mirotic (10) were in double figures for Chicago.

JaVale McGee, who has really improved, suffered a scary injury midway through the third quarter. McGee, attempting to block a Robin Lopez shot, Somehow was lifted over Lopez’ back and was slammed to the court landing on his backside. McGee appeared to be in a tremendous amount of pain when he went to the locker room. He returned to the bench after the start of the fourth quarter but did not play. After the game, head coach Steve Kerr remarked that JaVale “landed on his rear end and both cheeks hurt.”

“I liked the way the game ended.” Kerr was pleased that the team was able to blow out the Bulls after a very close game for 3 periods. “We had the upper hand with their 2 main guys out.” He was also pleased the Dubs “took care of the ball pretty well” as the team committed just 12 turnovers. The Dubs shot 55.2% from the floor. They were 15 for 30 in 3-point shots. They had 37 assists in the game. They were strong on defense as they outrebounded the Bulls 45-44. They had 9 steals and 5 blocks. The Bulls, not a team that shoots threes well made just 4 and they shot just 17.4% in that department.

The Warriors play the next three games on the road. They face the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night in Memphis. The Grizzlies are the only team in the NBA that has defeated the Dubs twice. The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder Saturday night. The game will mark the return of Kevin Durant to the city where he starred for 9 years. On Monday, The Warriors will be in Denver before returning home next Wednesday to face the Sacramento Kings at Oracle. The Dubs will be seeking to avenge the loss in Sacramento last Saturday night.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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