The Warriors just didn’t have it on Wednesday night as they fell to the Bulls in Chicago 103-83. The Dubs held the Bulls to a respectable 45 percent shooting, but only managed to shoot 36 percent from the field themselves. That, combined with losing the rebound and turnover battle, proved to be the difference in the game. Golden State was paced by Jordan Crawford, whose 16 points led the team. David Lee, who returned to action after missing two games with the flu, scored 11 points off the bench, while Andre Iguodala has a solid all-around game with five points, seven rebounds and four assists. The loss brings an end to the Warriors’ four-game win streak and drops their record to 35-23. They’ll look to right the ship on Friday when they take on the Knicks in New York.
Mark Jackson
On the game:
“It’s a disappointing loss. We turned the basketball over, they hurt us on the offensive boards, they outworked us tonight- disappointing. We need to make sure one doesn’t turn into two. We need to make sure we bounce back from this one. Bottom line is, individually and collectively we didn’t have our best night. We own it and we move forward.”
“The second quarter really hurt us. They scored 34, 35 points. That’s a team that doesn’t push the pace. We turned the basketball over and they created some separation. It’s a tough loss for us, it happens. Give them credit. They’re a good team, they’re a physical basketball team and they made plays and we didn’t. They had, I believe, 37 points off turnovers and 2nd chance points combined. On the road, that’s not going to win ballgames and it hurt us tonight.”
David Lee
On the overall play of the game:
“They had an all-around team performance. We did not play our best tonight. I thought everyone was somewhat out of sorts. Give them credit; they are a very good team at home. We had one of those off nights that is a very forgettable one for us. ”
You've been playing well lately. What happened tonight?:
“It was just one of those nights. We got outplayed at all five positions, both the starters and the bench. Unfortunately, you have those nights in the NBA. The important thing is to keep our heads up and get ready for the next game.”
On his performance after being out a couple games:
“My timing was a little off. I was definitely more winded and 20 minutes felt like 55 minutes. That is usually going to happen for the first game back. I’m glad I got that under my belt and I will be ready for the next one.”
Jermaine O'Neal
How surprising was this loss:
“It is never surprising. In this league you either come to play or you get beat. The average fan, the average writer or sports analyst don’t understand that in this league it is filled with great athletes and a lot of professionals. If you don’t come out and play to the same level, you are going to get beat. We failed in many aspects tonight.”
Do you think it was in the back of their mind that they lost in Golden State after being up?:
“You could say that. I don’t know what their mindset was but I’m sure it was somewhere in there. For us it is about playing solid basketball every single night. When we get away from playing our basketball and turn over the ball, we don’t give ourselves an opportunity to win.”
After a sound 104-96 victory over the Pistons in Detroit on Monday, the Warriors continue on to Chicago to take on the Bulls for the second game of their current six-game road trip. This will be the second of two matchups between the two teams this season, as well as their second encounter this month. Golden State won by a score of 102-87 at Oracle Arena on February 6, a loss that is sure to still be fresh on the minds of the Bulls. A win would push the Dubs to a season-best 14 games over .500, but it won’t come easily.
The Warriors started their six-game East coast road trip with a 104-96 win over the Pistons in Detroit on Monday evening. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry led the team with 19 points each, while Curry added nine assists. Jermaine O'Neal had another spectacular night, finishing with 16 points and 10 boards. Andrew Bogut, who had missed the previous seven games with a shoulder injury, returned to action and logged four points, seven rebounds, and four assists in 29 minutes. The Warriors bench outscored the Pistons 42-15, giving the Golden State their third-straight season sweep of Detroit. GAME RECAP
Any time you head out on an extended road trip, you’re going to need contributions from across the roster in order to be successful. Case in point, the victory over the Pistons. With 42 points, the Warriors’ bench outscored that of the Pistons by 27 points, easily the deciding factor in the win. And although the contributions themselves are encouraging, the most promising sight is how the bench finally seems to be gelling together as a cohesive, dependable unit. The addition of Steve Blake has allowed Jordan Crawford to move into a primary-scoring role, which plays to his strengths. In turn, as Crawford has proven himself a threat, defenses have been forced to account for him, thereby opening up the offense for guys like Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. They don’t need to dominate the opposing bench every night in order for the Warriors to be successful, but if they can perform the roles they’ve been assigned, the Dubs can realistically say they’re as deep as any team in the league.
It’s been well documented all season long that the Western and Eastern conferences aren’t exactly equal when it comes to parity, and to the Warriors’ credit, they’ve help enforce that conclusion. The Dubs are 14-6 against teams from the East, and only four of those losses have come to teams not named the Heat or Pacers. Golden State has already compiled an impressive 6-1 record on an extended road trip earlier this season, and a similar on their current one could go a long way towards securing advantageous playoff positioning. The West is going to be an all-out battle these final 25 games, and every check mark in the win column puts that much more pressure on all the other teams in the chase. With four-straight wins coming out of the All-Star break, the Warriors seem to be rounding into form, and not a moment too soon.
If there’s one thing you can respect about the Bulls and their coach Tom Thibodeau, it’s consistency. For the fourth consecutive season, the Bulls rank in the top-five in the league in defensive efficiency, a trend that doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Although their defensive system is obviously effective, they also have the right players to fit it, particularly in All-Star center Joakim Noah, who ranks fifth in the NBA in individual defensive rating. With their tough and intense demeanor, Chicago often forces the opposition into a style of play they’re either unaccustomed to, or unwilling to assuage to, a huge determinant of their success. The Bulls are one of the two teams in the NBA with a statistically better defense than the Warriors, so Golden State will certainly have its’ hands full. Chicago will be playing their second game in as many nights, so the Warriors should do their best to force the pace if they want to make the Bulls play their style, and not the other way around.
Injury Report
GSW: David Lee (stomach flu) is questionable. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

CHI: Jimmy Butler (rib contusion) is day-to-day; Derrick Rose (right knee) is out.