Draymond Green and Kevin Durant missed the game to rest up, and that gave Jordan Bell and Omri Casspi a chance to start. Stephen Curry had 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting (4-of-11 from three). His fellow Splash Bro Klay Thompson scored 29 on 12-of-17 shooting (5-of-9 from downtown).
Here’s how it went down:
This was on display early on when lovable, lumbering center Zaza Pachulia pilfered an errant Bulls’ pass. I was expecting him to either:
A.) Immediately kick the ball out of bounds
B.) Crash into a waiting defender and get tagged with an offensive foul
C.) Wait for a ball handler to rescue him
Zaza with the steal & alley, Jordan with the OOP! pic.twitter.com/avIsu3yMag— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 25, 2017
Bell had plenty of adrenaline in his first career start. Unfortunately, that led to three quick fouls in the opening period.
Curry himself continued a bizarre trend this season of early foul trouble, picking up two fouls. This added further pressure on the Dubs to mix and match the lineups, and even our G-League two-way contract player Quinn Cook got thrown into action.
The hyped up Bulls shot 55% for the quarter and led 32-29 after the first period.
Bulls in front of the Warriors 32-29 at the end of the first quarter.— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) November 25, 2017
Didn't expect that start, did you @NBCSWarriors?
Then… Curry decided to go B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
Just your standard 26 point quarter pic.twitter.com/x56zoAEwGd— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 25, 2017
Stephen Curry outscored the Bulls by himself in the second quarter: 26-21.— Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) November 25, 2017
His scoring spree fed the home crowd and spurred on the Warriors defense. Collectively, the engaged Dubs threw Chicago offense straight into Alcatraz. Heck, even Nick Young drew a charge!
The Dubs mashed their opponent 45-21 in the period. Curry’s 31 after two quarters powered the champs to a 74-53 halftime lead over the poor Bulls.
Then, Klay Thompson decided to erupt. He had 15 for the quarter, hungrily looking for any daylight to fire up sweet jumpers. It’s times like these that I remember when the Warriors won a playoff series without Green and Durant: the Splash Bros are terrifying.
Did you check out GSoM’S amazing key matchup for this game, “Jordan Bell vs Cash Considerations” by Greg Thomas? Let’s see how that one turned out.
We like that. Warriors 110, Bulls 66 after three quarters.
Curry and Thompson sat out the final period and let the other guys finish it up. Thankfully nobody got injured, and the Warriors cruised to the final.
Young led all bench scoring with 17 points on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Pachulia had a career high six assists. Bell’s final stat line of 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 6 blocks in 26 minutes was awesome to watch.
Let’s savor this fun win over an Eastern Conference cellar dweller. Tomorrow night we’re back at it again against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Time to eat some more leftovers, Dub Nation!
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