Golden State Warriors were excellent this Wednesday managing to defeat the Chicago Bulls 104-90, and to post their fourth win of the season. Although they couldn’t restrain Zach LaVine, who was instrumental once again, Steve Kerr’s boys stopped all other Bulls’ players, earning a nice win against the guests from Illinois.
Golden State held the guests to 38.2 percent from the field, and was dominant in the air, having 54 boards compared to 42 of the rivals. Also, their transition was much better than the Bulls’ which led to many easy buckets, especially after turnovers. Hosts would outscore the opponents in that category, 28-13.
Also the defensive effort was great, as they held Chicago to 90 points, their season-best. It was mostly because they had Draymond Green back in the lineup, and a bit longer bench, with nine eligible players, instead of eight as recently.
“Having Draymond back was a big deal. He settled us down,” coach Kerr said. “Having nine instead of eight, it matters. You just have more to work with and more options.”
The Warriors made a 10-0 series in the late part of the first period, as their diverse offense started to make buckets from all sorts of positions. They would keep the momentum all the way up until the end of the half, once hosts allowed the Bulls to come back to a bearable distance, 53-48.
Midway through the third, the Bulls leveled the score at 69-all, but weren’t able to take the lead. It would turn out to be their last chance for a comeback in this event. The home team would respond, regain the advantage and keep it until the end.
Golden State closed the match with an 18-7 run, to seal its fourth win of the season, the one they desperately needed in front of their own fans. It might boost the morale of this crew a little bit, and ease the pressure created by the previously recorded bad results.
Erich Pascall found his rhythm and dropped 25 on Bulls’ defense. He was 9 for 17 from the field and had 7 rebounds as well. Alec Burks scored 23 buckets and was near a triple-double with 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Omari Spellman also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, while Marqueese Chris and Glen Robinson III both had 11 points each.
“It felt great to compete, with mu guys, just to get after it, and come put with a win,” said Spellman. “Coach just told me to trust myself, believe in myself, and compete. That’s what I did, I wanted to give it up for my guys.”
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On the other side, LaVine did score 36 points, but that was insufficient, as nobody besides him and Tomas Satoransky stepped up to challenge the Warriors tonight. The Czech guard had 19 points and 7 rebounds and assists each, shooting 7 for 12 from the field.
“You just go to work the next day, there’s no shame in this game tonight,” said Jim Boylen, Bulls head coach. “We played hard, and we competed, we battled. And we’re gonna do the same thing tomorrow, we’re gonna have some turkey, and we are gonna go play Friday.”
Up next, the Bulls (6-12) have two more games through the West, against the Blazers this Friday and the Kings on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Warriors (4-15) are starting a five-game tour through the East with the game against the Miami Heat on Friday also. After that, Steve Kerr’s guys visit Orlando, Atlanta, and Charlotte before meeting the Bulls once again, only this time in Chicago.