The Golden State Warriors were able to get back on the winning track Thursday night without the services of Andrew Bogut and David Lee to post a solid 102-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
All-Star guard Stephen Curry paced the scoring attack for the Warriors with another spectacular performance of 34 points and nine assists. Klay Thompson found his shooting stroke as well and added 22 points on 8-16 shooting from the floor.
The Warriors (30-20) seemed to be sluggish to start the game, and were trailing at one point early in the second quarter 34-18. Coach Mark Jackson called a timeout and challenged his team to “show up”. The Warriors responded with a 32-12 run to close out the first half. The Warriors continued their hot shooting into the second half and were able to withstand a few late runs by the Bulls to cement the victory.
Forward Harrison Barnes filled in well for the missing David Lee with 11 points and six rebounds, while hitting all on all four of his shots in the fourth quarter that helped seal the victory for the Warriors.
The Bulls (24-25) were also undermanned without the services of Carlos Boozer when the star forward strained his calf in pre-game warm-ups. Taj Gibson started in place of Boozer, and performed admirably with 26 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Bulls.
The Warriors will travel to US Airways Arena in Phoenix to face the red-hot Suns on Saturday night. Early reports are showing that David Lee and Andrew Bogut are listed as questionable for the game.
Notes: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson made a 3-point field goal for the 30th consecutive game, which is a record according to the Elias Sports Bureau…. New Commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance at the game, one day after attending a game in Sacramento…. Coach Mark Jackson became the sixth coach in Warriors history to win 100 games.