What a way to end the homestand.
With the Chicago Bulls (36-29) losing 121-79 to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, you knew that coach Tom Thibodeau would have his team primed and ready to go on Friday when they faced the Golden State Warriors (37-30).
Coach Thibs led his Bulls team into Golden State to hand the Warriors their most embarrassing loss of the season, winning 113-95. The W’s hung close in the first half, but Chicago pulled away in the third quarter, and led 99-63 at one point.
David Lee and Andrew Bogut had absolutely no answer for Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. The Chicago big men combined for 37 points and 22 rebounds ,with most of them coming early on. Golden State was out-rebounded 43-34 all together.
Luol Deng and Nate Robinson were also a thorn in Golden State’s side all night. Deng scored 23 points and played tough defense as usual. Robinson returned to torch his former team in the first half, finishing with 20 points, seven assists, and knocking down 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Golden State got nothing out of Steph Curry, who only finished with eight points on 2-of-13 shooting. Chicago was able to snap Curry’s hot shooting streak playing way too aggressive for his liking, and he was getting overpowered by the 5-foot-9 Robinson. Curry seemed disinterested as if he had somewhere else to be.
Klay Thompson had a similar impact, scoring seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. He was simply overmatched by the strength of Deng on both ends of the floor. Bogut had another Bogut-like performance, scoring one point and collecting four rebounds on the night. He had nearly zero impact defensively on Noah and Boozer.
Andris Biedrins summed things up for Golden State with an air ball free-throw in the fourth quarter that never got higher than the net.
All around, it was a brutal night for the Warriors, who couldn’t have picked worse time to lose. They are losing ground fast in the Western Conference playoff picture, sitting in the sixth place, just a half game up on the Houston Rockets and two games up on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Coach Mark Jackson has some work to do.
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