The Golden State Warriors came to Chicago, glanced at the “72” banner hanging in the United Center, and went to work.
After losing a few games in recent days and showing the League that this team might be human after all, The Warriors routed the Cavaliers in Cleveland and completely decimated the Bulls in Chicago. The Warriors led by 16 points at the end of the first quarter and the game was essentially over.
Golden State went back to their rhythm offense, where everyone gets involved and six players scored in double-figures. Stephen Curry had 25 to pace Golden State.
“Good teams bounce back quick, and we were able to do that,” said Curry.
They bounced back alright, at the expense of the Bulls, who seemed a bit bewitched on the court. Chicago shot only 37% from the field, and Golden State hit 53% from the floor. The Warriors had 38 assists in the game, to only 14 for the Bulls.
Chicago didn’t have Joakim Noah, who had surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and is likely out for the season. But one man would have not made a difference. The Warriors simply ran through the Bulls last night. Klay Thompson scored 20 points, Harrison Barnes had 19 points, and Draymond Green had a solid night, scoring 6 ponts, making 10 assists, and grabbing 9 boards.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Derrick Rose who scored 21 points in the first half. “We stopped communicating while we were out there. You could tell there was no communication on both sides of the ball. The only thing we can do from it is learn.”
The defending NBA champs are 20-4 on the road. They started the year with a 24-0 run. They throttled two top Eastern Conference foes. What’s next, play with the seals?
Chicago has lost 5 out of its last 7 games and appears to be in limbo. Coach Fred Hoiberg has to find ways to account for the loss of Noah. Rookie Bobby Portis scored 16 in this game, and he figures to see more playing time. But Pau Gasol scored only 1 point and Tony Snell was invisible on the court. Rose led the Bulls with 29 points and Jimmy Butler added 23.
The Bulls were down 63-44 at the half and trailed by 24 going into the fourth quarter. It didn’t look pretty, routs like this aren’t supposed to.