They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing.
The Golden State Warriors were blown out by the Chicago Bulls 103-83 on Wednesday night at the United Center. They entered the game having won four straight and brimming with confidence, and now have to leave wondering what the hell went wrong tonight.
It may take them a while to dissect the issues, because not many things went right. The Warriors shot a dismal 35.7 percent from the field, and not one starter scored in double digits. Stephen Curry, especially, struggled to get any good looks, as he was mugged by several Bulls every time he touched the ball. Curry finished with just five points — which has to be a season-low — on 2-of-10 shooting.
The Warriors’ bench actually outscored the starters 48-35. Jordan Crawford led the team with 16 points. Harrison Barnes and David Lee (who came off the bench in his first game back from the stomach flu) both scored 11.
The two teams played each other tight in the first quarter, but the Warriors failed to take advantage of the Bulls shooting just 25 percent from the field. They only staked out a 24-21 lead after one, which would pale in comparison to utter domination by the team from Chi-town in the second and third quarters. The Bulls out-hustled the Warriors on both ends of the floor, while Golden State’s offense decided it didn’t want to show up anymore. Chicago led 80-59 after three quarters, and won by 20, handing a humbling loss to the Warriors.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 35.7% (30-84)
- Three-point percentage: 23.8% (5-21)
- Rebounds: 41
- Assists: 17
- Turnovers: 16 (Chicago had 19 points off turnovers)
- Bench points: 48
- Field-goal percentage: 44.6% (37-83)
- Three-point percentage: 35.7% (5-14)
- Rebounds: 54
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 14
- Bench points: 30
Tweet of the Night
Some things never change…
Bulls fans are chanting for Brian Scalabrine.
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) February 27, 2014
What’s the over/under on how many times Mark Jackson says, “They outworked us tonight,” or “Give them credit,” or “At the end of the day, we are a no excuse basketball team,” or “I believe in my guys,” or….(fill in one of a thousand Jackson cliches that we’re all tired of hearing) during the press conference?
Hey Mark, it’s called a timeout. You use it when your team is being dominated by the other team and clearly needs a break. It wouldn’t hurt to call one once in a while, you know.
What’s on Tap
The Warriors’ next stop will be in New York on Friday night to take on the Knicks.