With 1990’s Bulls’ greats Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant in the front row to enjoy the show (and probably secretly mutter to each other a shared belief that these Warriors “ain’t all that”), the young Bulls fought hard early, even taking a 66-63 lead at halftime.
Then the Splash Bros. combined forces and unleashed an “Apocalyptic Rain Tsunami,” submerging the Bulls, Pippen, Grant and the vocal Chicago fan contingent in the United Center.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson co-taught a riveting master-class on “drilling jumpers in human beings’ faces,” combining for a blistering 68 points on 40 shots. Even with injuries keeping Olympians Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala sidelined, the Dubs still delivered their usual third-quarter eruption, eviscerating Chicago 32-12 in the period.
Pause those “cash consideration” jokes
So, on the first play of the game, Jordan Bell got posterized by Robin Lopez and landed awkwardly on one leg. He stayed down for several minutes, and couldn’t stand on his own power, before being wheeled out.
Scary moment early in this one pic.twitter.com/eUbHN9KwAs— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 18, 2018
The excruciating pain on Bell’s face as the medical staff rescued the stellar young rookie from the floor was a heartbreaking.
Jordan Bell hurt on the first possession here in Chicago. Went up to block a Robin Lopez dunk attempt. Grabbing at his left leg. Looks bad.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 18, 2018
Jordan Bell update: Sprained left ankle, will not return. X-rays negative, MRI tomorrow.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 18, 2018
The young fella will bounce back, and hopefully it’s nothing too severe. He is a great option for coach Steve Kerr (he started the Cleveland Cavaliers game on the road). He has been a great story in his first season with the champs, and is always hungry to make his mark when he’s in the lineup.
Get well, Bell!
The Splash Bros. see red
The “Unanimous One” Curry and “Android” Thompson were about to have monster games, in honor of their fallen comrade. As the original Splash Bros., they need very little provocation to unleash a devastating deluge of basketball brilliance. Curry scored a honey badger-aggressive 14 points in the first quarter after Bell was carted off, and didn’t cool off any time after, finishing with 30.
These guys are too good.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 18, 2018
Splash Brothers now a combined 12-of-19 from 3-point range so far tonight pic.twitter.com/MppgI5zs2r
After he burst into flames in “Human Torch Mode,” his sparks ignited the second greatest shooter of all time as Thompson got cooking, finishing with a season-high 38 points.
A surprisingly close final period
The Warriors got a little bored with their plate and lingered in finishing their dinner. The Bulls took advantage, showing pride late and cutting into the lead down the stretch. As the Warriors wrestled toward the final buzzer, there was an unfortunate injury deep in the fourth quarter for Chicago guard Kris Dunn, who fell on a breakaway dunk.
Warriors bumbling the Bulls back into the game late. Turnover leads to runout Kris Dunn dunk. Dunn holds onto rim too long, flies off, faceplants on ground. He's hurt. Strange night in Chicago.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 18, 2018
Fortunately, the Warriors wrapped it up before anyone else got carted off.
The team finished shooting 50% from the field, with 15 turnovers. Kevin Durant chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
Golden State’s next game on the road trip is down in Houston against those quirky Rockets. That will be the fifth game on this New Year’s road trip, so hopefully fatigue won’t be too much of a problem for the champs in that matchup of the West’s best.
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