To be fair, Chicago was playing without Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. But from the tip, the Warriors took charge and never allowed a lead change.
The top scorer tonight was Klay Thompson, who turned 27 today. For his birthday, Thompson gave us 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 made threes. Draymond Green had himself a night as well, with 19 points on eight shot attempts, five three-pointers, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Kevin Durant seems to be coming back to himself, going for 22 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.
JaVale McGee started the game off strong, getting 13 points on the night, while finishing all the shots and dunking his way further into the hearts of Dub Nation. There was a scary moment in the second half where he took a pretty bad fall and looked like he may have hurt his hip/tail bone. He returned to the bench, but not to the game.
The Bulls apparently didn’t get the memo about forgetting about Thompson, because from the first quarter, he kept slipping to the corners for wide-open threes. Going back-to-back in the first and third quarters.
It was a bit of a quiet night for Stephen Curry, with 13 points, but to be fair that should have been 17. Curry made a three-point shot and was fouled — but was called for an offensive foul instead, his fourth, which led to the Warriors’ debut of Briante Weber.
Briante Weber's first Warrior assist is a nifty one pic.twitter.com/5yqd9tJshH— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 9, 2017
In what usually constitutes garbage time, the Warriors sent out Weber, Ian Clark, Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw and Damian Jones, and it was the least garbage-y of all garbage times, at least for Warriors’ fans. Weber would end up with a layup, two rebounds and an assist for the night. Meanwhile, Clark and McCaw got a couple of shots in from downtown, and the entire rotation basically ran the Bulls off the court. Holding Chicago to four points in the last half of the quarter, this roster also ballooned the lead to 31 points to end the game.
Finally, here’s a look at a few of the dunks that were beautiful to behold:
Good times, Dub Nation. Good times, indeed.