Needless to say, the odds were not in the Golden State Warriors’ favor tonight.
Despite being without David Lee and Andrew Bogut and having lost five of their last seven home games, the Warriors somehow came away with a 102-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points and nine assists, the sixth time he’s done that this season. He was helped by fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who found his stroke to the tune of 22 points.
The difference between this game and Tuesday’s disappointing loss to the Bobcats was that the Warriors (30-20) were much more efficient offensively, shooting 48.2 percent from the field. They came alive after a disheartening slow start, as the Bulls (24-25) jumped out to a 29-16 lead after the first quarter.
But the final three quarters were a different story, as the Warriors went on to outscore the Bulls by 28 points the rest of the game. They doubled-up on the Bulls (34-17) in the second quarter, allowing them to play with the lead in the second half.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 48.2% (40-83)
- Three-point percentage: 50% (11-22)
- Rebounds: 39
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 26
- Fastbreak points: 17
- Field-goal percentage: 41.6% (31-77)
- Three-point percentage: 28.6% (4-14)
- Rebounds: 45
- Assists: 20
- Turnovers: 15
- Bench points: 18
- Fastbreak points: 7
Barnes Back on Track
It was a very welcoming sight to see Harrison Barnes score in double-figures again and knock down the shots that we were used to seeing last season. Barnes scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in 29 minutes. With Lee and Bogut out, Barnes saw some playing time at power forward, where he thrived during the postseason.
Good to Know
The last time Golden State won 30-plus gms in their first 50 in back-to-back seasons: 1974-75 to 1975-76
— GSWStats (@gswstats) February 7, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will take on the Suns on the road on Saturday as we inch closer to the All-Star break.