Dubs Splash Party Sinks Bulls
Klay Starts Hot, Curry Climbs NBA All-Time 3-Pointers List in Dubs 3rd Straight Victory
Seven Warriors hit 3-pointers as the Dubs beat the Bulls in a 146-109 victory on Friday night at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors started the second half of the NBA season on a strong note, beating the Chicago Bulls 146-109. It was a team effort in this one: seven Dubs combined to hit 18 treys, every starter had an assist, and each member of the squad had at least three points and one rebound. The win gave the Warriors their third straight win and fifth in their last six games.
All Warriors starters scored in the first 10 minutes of the game, and the team led this one from start to finish. Golden States' bigs were active early; Draymond Green ended the first quarter with five rebounds and three assists, while Kevon Looney chipped in with four rebounds and two assists of his own. Klay Thompson got off to an especially hot start, finishing the first quarter with 11 points and hitting his first three 3-point attempts on the team's first three possessions, guiding the Warriors to a 43-17 lead over Chicago at the end of the period. It marked the team's eighth 40-point quarter this season, one of those coming from their previous meeting with the Bulls on October 29th.
Jonas Jerebko joined in the Splash Party with a dazzling halfcourt buzzer-beater to cap off Golden States' first quarter.
The Bulls' Zach LaVine put on a high-flying show early, posting 24 points in the first half, but it would not be enough as three Golden State players had already posted double digits in scoring. Thompson had 24 points as well, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry both finished with 13 points and a 3-pointer in the first half.
In the third quarter, Stephen Curry hit an additional four treys, giving him 2,285 in his career to pass Jason Terry (2,282) for third all-time in the NBA record books. He now sits behind only Reggie Miller (2,560) and Ray Allen (2,973).
All Golden State starters were pulled at the start of the fourth quarter, allowing for the bench to take over the rest of the game. Marcus Derrickson scored a new career-high of 10 points in 12 minutes.
Klay Thompson would finish with 30 points on 7-11 from 3-point range in 25 minutes. The Warriors got additional help from Durant with 22 points (2-3 from deep) and Quinn Cook with 15 points.
Golden State improved to 68-15 with the win, which completed the season sweep of the Bulls. Next up will be a two-game road trip that starts Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. The four-game season series between the two currently sits at 1-1, with both of the previous games coming down to the final minute.