Friday night’s NBA clash was held in Chicago, where the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls hosted the second-in-the-West Golden State Warriors. The two teams each remained on a setback (Golden State had lost Thursday in Milwaukee 118-99, while Chicago had already lost heavily at home Thursday against Brooklyn 138-112). And, in Illinois, the Californians won a sensational victory (138-96). That is 38 points difference!
Curry in moderation
The Bulls were diminished by the exit of Zach LaVine, hit in the left knee, after a poor reception on a rebound early in the game. What strike a blow to the morale of his teammates, who also suffered the insolent offensive success of the Warriors. The latter thus scored 37 points during the first quarter, barely one less than during the first period against Milwaukee the day before. And, at the break, Golden State was already leading 78-47. The California franchise finished the game with 56.4% shooting success.
All with Stephen Curry in all moderation (19 points, 7/15 in shooting including 4/10 at three points) and without Draymond Green (calf hit) or Klay Thompson (rested). Friday, Golden State won thanks to Jonathan Kuminga (25 points in 26 minutes), from the bench, Jordan Poole (22 pts) and Andrew Wiggins (21). Andre Iguodala signed the gesture of the evening, with an exceptional decisive pass in the back, with a rebound, for Damion Lee.
Chicago remains leader, despite its rout
The Chicago Bulls, for their part, relied on Coby White (20 points), Nikola Vucevic (19 pts), DeMar DeRozan (17) and Lonzo Ball (15).
After this match, each of the protagonists kept their position in the standings. The Warriors remain second in the Western Conference, one win behind the Phoenix Suns. Chicago, despite this new rout, remains in the lead in the East. The Bulls are ahead of the Miami Heat, having two fewer losses than the latter.
After the two corrections suffered in quick succession, Chicago will try to revive with the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Golden State, for its part, will play again Sunday, at the Minnesota Timberwolves.