Rookie Eric Paschall led the charge with 25 points and 7 rebounds, and Alec Burks had a stellar evening with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Omari Spellman had 13 points, 3 blocks, and 2 steals to go along with a career high 11 rebounds.
Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in a matchup between two teams struggling to get wins.
Eric Paschall has his sixth 20-point game of the season, which ranks as the third-most 20-point performances among all rookies this season (trails Ja Morant & Kendrick Nunn).— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 28, 2019
Paschall paced the Warriors early with nine first quarter points. The injured legend Klay Thompson joined the home broadcast team for the second quarter, and Paschall gave him something to get pumped about.
Spellman had 7 points and 10 rebounds in 12 minutes before intermission, flying around the court with aggressive physicality. The Spellman-Paschall combo provides the Warriors with youthful, physical presences that can shift a game’s momentum on pure energy.
The Warriors shot an unfortunate 37.8% from the field by intermission, but buoyed themselves by making 13-of-18 at the free throw line.
The Bulls shot an even more awful 35% from the field early on, but nailed eight three-pointers in the first half. Lavine had 18 points in the second quarter for Chicago, giving him 23 points for the half, keeping the game close.
Warriors 53, Bulls 48
The two teams had an even third quarter, scoring 25 points apiece.
A fascinating fourth quarter sequence underscored the impact Spellman and Paschall can have. Draymond Green turned the ball over at the top of the key, but Spellman roared back in transition to deflect an alley-oop attempt into Green’s waiting hands. The next play, the Dubs quickly swung the ball around until Paschall flew to the rim for an easy dunk, putting the Warriors up 88-83. Timeout, Chicago.
Spellman has been outstanding— Chris Montano (@gswchris) November 28, 2019
Paschall with another dunk ✍️ pic.twitter.com/9s8qjVgTnG— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 28, 2019
The Green-Spellman-Paschall-Burks-Robinson III lineup terrorized the Bulls and keyed a 16-2 run that decided the game. Green’s ability to bring the ball up the floor calmed Golden State on offense, and his activity and vocal communication bolstered their defense. It’s nice having at least ONE All-Star on the floor, right?
The Warriors will take this win into Thanksgiving before visiting the Heat Friday in Miami.