The world champion Golden State Warriors defended their home court against the young Chicago Bulls, barbecuing them 146-109. Klay Thompson was the story of the night in the second and final meeting this season between the two teams. After breaking the record for three-pointers made in an NBA game in their last meeting, he hit them up for seven more triples on his way to 30 points in three quarters.
Steph Curry had 28 points, 8 assists, and 4 turnovers. Kevin Durant added 22 on an absurdly efficient 7-for-11 shooting from the field with 5 assists and only 1 turnover.
The Dubs ripped the Bulls for 43 points in the first frame, following up on the 44 point quarter they gave Chicago last October. Thompson came out firing, scoring 11 points and drilling three triples. Jonas Jerebko added insult to injury, capping the quarter with a half court bomb.
JEREBKO FROM DEEEEEEEP pic.twitter.com/cj910s6as3— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 12, 2019
By the time halftime mercifully came, the Warriors were shooting 61% from the field and had made 11-of-21 three-pointers. Klay made six of those triples on his way to 24 points in the half. Durant and Curry added 13 points a piece. The blowout would have been even more secure if Curry hadn’t thrown several horrendous passes in traffic, resulting in 3 turnovers and some lost rhythm.
Zach Lavine was the only Bull with a pulse, as he gritted his way to 24 difficult points early on. Chicago was in trouble.
The Warriors' two first halves this season against the Bulls combined: 168 points, 28 made 3s, a +63 in four quarters.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 12, 2019
Warriors 76, Bulls 55
Curry pushed past Jason Terry into third place all-time in three-pointers made! What a historic moment for our guy “Unanimous”.
Steph just passed Jason Terry for 3rd All-Time in 3's pic.twitter.com/jxfgY4umLW— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 12, 2019
Bobby Portis decided to get into a woofing contest with Durant and Draymond Green, which seemed to activate Durant’s scoring rage. As soon as the refs broke up Portis and Durant’s jaw-jacking, the Finals MVP iso’ed on poor Lauri Markannen and evaporated him on a side step mid-range jumpshot.
Kevin Durant just roasted Lauri Markkanen and DeMarcus Cousins LOVED IT pic.twitter.com/HiJElRcxfR— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 12, 2019
The Warriors rested their starters for the fourth quarter and coasted to their second straight destruction of the broken Chicago Bulls organization. Michael Jordan is rolling over in his hot tub.
The only thing of note to wrap up things tonight was the new look Durant sported on the bench in garbage time.
Dunno if you can see it on TV but KD has a towel tucked into his hoodie like it's a face mask. He looks like a basketball surgeon. Smooth operator.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) January 12, 2019