The Chicago Bulls are the type of team that rarely goes down without a fight. The players almost always give coach Tom Thibodeau everything they have in the tank. No matter who is on the court Thibodeau always has his team playing hard, and Thursday night at the Golden State Warriors was no different. Getting a victory against Stephen Curry and the Warriors would be no easy task.
The Bulls roster has been missing players all season, and this time Carlos Boozer sat out with a calf injury. The Warriors were also missing David Lee and Andrew Bogut. Lee sat out with a sprained left shoulder and a strained hip. Bogut sat out due to stiffness in his shoulder.
Chicago held a 29-16 lead after the first quarter as their defense helped force the Warriors to a slow start.
As is the case with almost any opponent Mark Jackson‘s Warriors face, you can’t keep them under wraps for long. The electrifying Curry and hot shooting Klay Thompson started to find openings and catch fire. Curry scored 34 points and dished out nine assists while shooting 13-of-19 from the floor and making 4-of-6 from three-point range. Thompson scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting while connecting on three of six three-point attempts.
At halftime the score was 50-44 in favor of the hometown Warriors.
The Bulls kept the game interesting but the Warriors pulled away with a 102-87 victory.
Filling in for Boozer in the starting lineup was Taj Gibson. The veteran forward had a terrific game finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Small forward Jimmy Butler played 47 minutes, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Joakim Noah has been the Bulls’ best player all season long. The energetic center struggled scoring with just seven points but did display his all-around ability with 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
For Golden State, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Jordan Crawford and Draymond Green all had solid contributions. However, the biggest deciding factor in this game was Curry. Against a usually stout Bulls defense, it’s difficult for an individual player to have the type of game that he did. His incredible shooting and play-making ability was just too much for Chicago to handle.
Curry has been astounding all season, and the Bulls were just another one of his victims.