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Bulls stun Warriors in overtime
Bulls improve to 30-17 on the season
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By Sam Smith | 1.28.2015 | 12:21 p.m. CT
The Bulls and Golden State Warriors played a midseason classic Tuesday that was perhaps better saved for the spring. And it was the Bulls with a stunning comeback to break the Warriors 19-game home court winning streak with a 113-111 overtime victory.
The winner was a Derrick Rose jumper in an isolation play with seven seconds left in overtime after a Kirk Hinrich three late in regulation looked like a winner.
Rose finished with 30 points with four of 12 threes, 11 turnovers and seven rebounds in 43 minutes, his longest since 2012. Pau Gasol had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists and Joakim Noah added 18 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Nikola Mirotic playing a big late role had 12 points and seven rebounds. The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson with 30. Thompson missed a point blank runner at the end of overtime for the tie. Stephen Curry added 21 points.
The Bulls moved to 30-17 and 17-6 on the road while the Warriors fell to 36-7.
It was expected to be basketball on fast forward, and it was as the Warriors came out shooting threes, scoring on eight of their first nine possessions with only a Curry miss and jumping to a 19-12 lead. Rose came out aggressive with back to back threes and a driving reverse layup. It was one of the Bulls more spirited quarters, but they trailed 35-29 after one as Curry and Thompson combined for 25 points. With Jimmy Butler out with flu and Mike Dunleavy missing his 14th straight with his ankle, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had to go to a mixture of bench players in the second quarter with Nikola Mirotic back small forward and E’Twaun Moore on the floor with a group that included Aaron Brooks. The Warriors took a 49-39 lead, but Thibodeau got Rose back in midway through the quarter and the Bulls went on a 10-1 run to tie the game. The Warriors finally went cold a bit, though hustling into several rebounds and runouts that led to a 56-51 Golden State lead at halftime.
The teams set up a potentially frenetic fourth quarter as the Bulls behind Rose’s threes finally took a lead since the first possession of the game on a daring Rose drive for a 75-73 lead late in the third quarter. But David Lee gave the Warriors a boost to close the third to give Golden State an 81-79 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Bulls rallied back from a 7-0 Warriors start to the fourth that looked like they’d run away with the game like they did in the fourth back in Chicago earlier this season. But driven by Rose, the Bulls came hurtling back and looked like they had the game on a Kirk Hinrich three with 12.2 seconds left for a 107-105 lead. But Draymond Green tipped in an Andre Iguodala miss with 1.4 seconds left for the tie and Rose missed to go into overtime.
1. Derrick Rose continued to demonstrate confidence in his three-point shot and taking the ball to the basket. But he continues to be denied foul calls, which has been frustrating to him and the team. Heck of a contest watching he and Curry go at one another.
2. Those guys can shoot. Not that it should be a surprise, but Curry and Thompson are a dynamic pair shooting with the ultimate green light as they’ll shoot one on three or four. But they’re unselfish and move the ball as well so you let them. Fun stuff to watch.
3. Joakim Noah said before the game he felt much better physically and was moving better. He looked more for his shot with better activity.