Game 12: Chicago Bulls (8-4) lose to Golden State Warriors (14-0), 106-94
November 20, 2015
Oracle Arena – Oakland, California
The Bulls were without both Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks Friday night, but Kirk Hinrich was ready to step up. Hinrich’s nine first-quarter points led the Bulls to a 21-12 lead early on. But the Bulls’ bench entered the game soon afterward and couldn’t maintain the lead. In fact, they couldn’t contribute much anything, as the Bulls’ bench went scoreless in the first half.
This allowed the Warriors to get back into the game, but they wouldn’t take the 50-47 lead until halftime rolled around.
The game remained close, though. The Chicago bench stepped up in the second half; however, the Bulls’ starting unit of Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell kept them in the game. At the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter, Hinrich hit a three that tied the game at 89, but then the Warriors went off. Stephen Curry matched Hinrich’s three with one of his own and proceeded to score again off a layup. Draymond Green made a bucket. Then Harrison Barnes followed with back-to-back threes to suddenly put the Warriors up by double digits, 102-92, and the Bulls couldn’t respond.
Player of the Game
By no means did Curry have his best performance of the season today. He did score 27 points on 9-of-20 from the field, but he also shot 3-for-11 on threes. Despite that, he was the one who led the Warriors to their win, and, in the end, its the win that matters.
Jimmy Butler outscored Curry with 28 points on 11-for-21 shooting, and he also had a near triple-double with nine point and seven rebounds.
The Warriors scored over twice as much as the Bulls bench did. While the Warriors had six bench players see minutes while to the Bulls’ four players, it still isn’t an excuse as to why the Bulls’ bench couldn’t be productive.
The Bulls’ frontcourt continues to not live up to their prowess yet again. The Bulls were outrebounded by the Warriors on the offensive end 38-28, thus allowing the Warriors to get more possessions and more chances to score.
Matchup of the Game Result
The Bulls’ starting backcourt versus Stephen Curry
Although Curry and the Warriors got the win, the Bulls’ backcourt does deserve some credit. Curry entered Friday night’s matchup averaging 34.2 points on 52.0 percent shooting from the field and 45.3 percent on threes, and, with the exception of his field goal percentage, his numbers were significantly worse with Butler and Hinrich performing the main defensive duties on him.
Butler’s near triple-double earned him an honorable mention for “Player of the Game,” but Hinrich stepped up for a second game in a row with Rose’s absence. The Bulls’ all-time leader in three-pointers posted 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, one assist and two steals. Hinrich did, however, also have two turnovers and fouled out of the game.
The Bulls have three days off before they return to the court Tuesday night when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 9 p.m. central.
Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.